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Gianpietro Mazzoleni is Full Professor of Sociology of Communication and of

Political Communication at the University of Milan. As associate professor, he has taught communication in the Universities of Salerno and Genoa from 1988 to 2001. He received his BA in Sociology (cum laude) from St Anselm College (Manchester, NH) (1969), and the Laurea (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome-La Sapienza (1974). He has been visiting professor of Political Communication at the University of Innsbruck (2000), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA - 2006) and Freie Universität (Berlin 2011); visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication (Philadephia), the Wissenschafteszentrum (Berlin), SciencesPo (Paris), the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Centre for Communication Research and Development of the University of Southern Queensland (Australia).


He served as chair of the Euromedia Research Group from 1998 to 2004, and as chair of the political communication division (2004-2006) of the ICA (International Communication Association). He has been also vice-chair of the Management Committee of COST Action 30: "East of West", funded by the European Science Foundation the years 2005-2009. He is co-founder and editor of the refereed journal Comunicazione Politica, published by Il Mulino ( He serves also in the editorial boards of the European Journal of Communication (Sage), of Political Communication (Taylor & Francis), the International Journal of Press/Politics (Sage), and the Journal of Political Marketing (Haworth Press), and has been editor of the book series in Political Communication of Hampton Press (2006-2010). In 2011 he has been appointed general editor of the International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Wiley & Blackwell) [3 vols.]. His main research interests are in the areas of mass communication, media policy and political communication. He has published extensively on these topics. He co-edited The Media and NeoPopulism. A Comparative Perspective (with J. Stewart & B. Horsfield), Praeger, Westport, Conn., 2003; co-authored (with M. Kelly & D. McQuail), The Media in Europe, London, Sage, 2004, and with J. Roper & C. Holtz-Bacha, The Politics of Representation:

Election Campaigning and Proportional Representation (Frontiers in Political Communications, Peter Lang, New York, 2004. He is also author of La comunicazione politica, 2nd edition, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2004 (Hungarian edition 2005, Spanish edition 2010), and co-author (with A. Sfardini), Politica Pop. Da "Porta a Porta" a l' "Isola dei famosi", Il Mulino, Bologna, 2009.


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