Marco Giani, PhD


Office:  7.20 Bush House NE wing


Welcome to my website. I am an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London (KCL). 

Before joining KCL in 2018 as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Political Economy, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the London School of Economics (LSE). I obtained a PhD (2017) and MA (2012) in Political Economy from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). I obtained a BA in Social Science (2009) from Università degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI). Throughout the years, I also worked as a consultant for international organisations, including UNICEF and the European Commission.

My interdisciplinary research offers a political sociology angle to the study of threats to democracy, including political violence, discrimination, and distrust. I seek to understand how divisive experiences shape political attitudes, possibly affecting between-groups' resource allocation. More specifically, I focus on the role of social institutions such as education and the military service, as well as unexpected events such as terrorist or health crises, in driving long and short-term political polarization. I address these challenges by combining different approaches including descriptive analysis of observational data, natural experiments, and game theory. 

Here's my detailed CV.

Selected publications

Military Culture and Institutional Trust: Evidence from Conscription Reforms in Europe 

American Journal of Political Science (first view) with Vincenzo Bove and Riccardo Di Leo

Wait and See? Public Opinion Dynamics after Terrorist Attacks

Journal of Politics 85(3): 843-859, 2023 with Mariaelisa Epifanio and Ria Ivandic

Global Racist Contagion following Donald Trump's Election 

British Journal of Political Science 51(3): 1332-1339, 2021 with Pierre-Guillaume Méon

Electoral Competition through Issue Selection

American Journal of Political Science 59(1): 71-90, 2015 with Enriqueta Aragonès and Micael Castanheira