Caterina Froio

Assistant Professor

Caterina Froio is Assistant Professor in Political Science/E-politics at Sciences Po (CEE). She is also an affiliate researcher to the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX; University of Oslo). Her research and teaching interests are in the changing dynamics of the mass-elite linkage in contemporary democracies, with a special focus on political parties, protest politics, digital media, right-wing extremism & populism.

Caterina’s research is comparative but in some projects, she also explores national domestic politics of France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Since 2016 Caterina is joint convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy and since 2019 she is the co-editor of the homonymous Routledge series. Caterina completed her Ph.D. at the European University Institute (2011-2015). Before joining the CEE, she was a VOX-Pol Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2016-2017) and subsequently (2017-2018) an assistant professor in European politics at the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL-Lille).

Caterina is currently working on three projects. The first one (funded by the VolkswagenStiftung in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute and GESIS) examines online communication of the so-called populist parties, their grievances and audience exposure to these complaints in Europe and the US. The second (funded by the University of Oslo in partnership with the C-Rex and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Florence) studies far-right social movements in the aftermaths of the 2008 Great Recession. The third (funded by a SAB Fondation Nationale de Science Politique) explores (online and offline) political participation in the grassroots mobilizations known as the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) .

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Research Topics

Political parties, Political participation, E-politics, Extremism, radicalism and populism

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