Marco Giani, PhD


Office:  7.20 Bush House NE wing 


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

Before joining DPE, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Government Department at the London School of Economics. I obtained a PhD in Political Economy from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2017) and a BA in Social Science from the Università degli Studi di Firenze (2008). In between, I worked for UNICEF and the European Commission.  


I research the relationship between social cleavages and political values across European democracies. The main focus is on how education shapes cultural values among stratified groups, but I also work on civil-military and majority-minority attitudinal divergence amid political violence. I test my hypotheses using causal inference methods on observational data. 

At King's, I teach "Statistical Methods in History and Politics" for UG students and "Political Economy of Discrimination" for MA students. I look forward to supervising PhD students interested in the political economy of education. You're very welcome to email me to talk about your research. Here's my detailed CV.  

   Selected publications

Education and the Paradox of Perceived Discrimination, World Politics (accepted) with Margarita Gelepithis [WP]  

Military Culture and Institutional Trust: Evidence from Conscription Reforms in Europes, American Journal of Political Science 68(2): 714-729 with Vincenzo Bove and Riccardo Di Leo [Awarded NEPS MEDAL 2024] [WP

Wait and See? Public Opinion Dynamics after Terrorist Attacks, Journal of Politics 85(3): 843-859, 2023 with Mariaelisa Epifanio and Ria Ivandic [WP]  

Global Racist Contagion following Donald Trump's Election, British Journal of Political Science 51(3): 1332-1339, 2021 with Pierre-Guillaume Méon [WP]    

Terrorist Attacks and Minority Perceived Discrimination, British Journal of Sociology  72(2): 286-299, 2021 with Luca Merlino [WP]  

Fear without Prejudice in the Shadow of Jihadist Threat, Comparative Political Studies 54(6): 1058-1085, 2021 [WP  

Electoral Competition through Issue Selection, American Journal of Political Science 59(1): 71-90, 2015 with Enriqueta Aragonès and Micael Castanheira [WP]   

  Work in progress

The Recruitment Crisis in European Militaries, Cambridge University Press (Elements in Defense Economics) with Vincenzo Bove and Riccardo Di Leo

Equal in Private, Equal in Public? Coeducation and Sexism across Social Spheres, OSF working paper with Krzysztof Krakowski