Afternoon Session I: Populist attitudes

Tuesday, 13:15 – 15:00, Conference Hall

Chair: Emilia Zankina (American University Bulgaria)


Steven van Hauwaert (University of Mainz)
Steven M. Van Hauwaert is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Mainz and the Principal Investigator of the Global Public Opinions Project (GPOP). His primary research interests are in the fields of comparative political behaviour and public opinion, as well as populism and political extremism. His most recent academic contributions have appeared in Acta Politica, Comparative European Politics, Electoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, European Societies and the Journal of European Integration. He is also an associate editor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) journal Political Research Exchange (PRX).

Vlastimil Havlík and Veronika Dostálová (Masaryk University, Brno)
Vlastimil Havlík works as Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and as a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University (MUNI). He was a Fulbright – Masaryk Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University in Illinois, United States (2017-2018). His research and teaching activities include populism and politics in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also a member of Team Populism. He regularly publishes texts dealing with these issues (e.g. in East European Politics and Societies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies or Problems of Post-Communism). He has also written or edited several books focusing mostly on Czech politics and populism. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Czech Journal of Political Science.

Veronika Dostálová is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. She earned her Master’s in Political Science at the same faculty. Her thesis focused on personality traits as a plausible determinant of populist attitudes among Czech voters. Currently, her main research interests are activation of populist attitudes, their determinants, and their impact on electoral behaviour.

Caterina Paolucci and Chelsea Jones (James Madison University in Florence)
Caterina Paolucci has studied Political Science and Social Science at the Catholic University of Milan and at the European University Institute in Florence. She has taught at the Political Science School at the Catholic University of Milan, at the Political Science School at the University of Pisa, and at several US university programs in Florence. Since 2007 she has served as Academic Coordinator of James Madison University’s M.A. in Political Science. Since 2017 she has been the on-site Director of James Madison University’s Florence Programs. Her main research interests lie in comparative politics, the history and theory of party systems, inter-party competition models, party organisational changes, and electoral behaviour. She is also interested in political theory, with a special focus on theories of democracy and political representation. More recently, however, she has expanded her field of study to the politics and economics of the European Union, and lately she has been teaching international relations and EU topics courses. She has published on Italian politics in English, French and Italian scholarly journals and has contributed a number of essays to edited books.

Chelsea Jones is currently a Master’s student at James Madison University in Florence, Italy, in European Policy Studies. She currently serves as the Research Assistant to the onsite Director, Dr Caterina Paolucci. She currently conducts research on the topic of populism under Dr. Caterina Paolucci. Her academic focus revolves around Foreign Policy and Internal Security with an emphasis on International Law and Human Rights.

Corrado Fumagalli (LUISS Rome)
Corrado Fumagalli is a postdoctoral researcher in political philosophy at LUISS-Guido Carli, where he works on hate speech, disagreement, comparative political philosophy, and democratic theory. Among his recent publications are ‘Democratic Representation and Democratic Sanctions’ (Representation); “When Do They Speak? Deliberation and Democratic Decision-Making in the European Union’, (Political Studies); ‘Propositional Attitudes, Harm and Public Hate Speech Situations: Towards a maieutic approach’, (European Journal of Political Theory).