Francesca Vassallo


Francesca Vassallo is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Maine in the United States, where she teaches Comparative Politics, Research Methods and EU/European Politics. Her publications have focused on comparative political behavior, protest activism, French and European politics, and US-EU relations. In addition to publications like peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has served as a guest editor for special issues of German Politics and Society (2013), Partecipazione e Conflitto (2016) and PS: Political Science and Politics (2018). After her first book France, Social Capital and Political Activism, she is now finishing a book on France in the European Union. She has received a Europa Policy Lab Fellowship from the Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies and a Summer Institute Scholar Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has lectured and given presentations in her field of research at universities, public opinion forums and government agencies in many countries, from North America to Europe and Australia. For her current project on youth politics worldwide, she has been a visiting scholar at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Waseda University (Japan), before coming to ULB.



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Travaux sélectionnés

“After the Crisis: Political Protest in the Aftermath of the Economic Recession.” Comparative European Politics 18: 1 (February 2020): 45-72.

“Social Capital” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. (Oxford University Press: 2020).

“The Evolution of Protest Research: Measures and Approaches.” PS: Political Science & Politics 51: 4 (January 2018): 67-72.

“Political Activism Research: Studying the Evolution of Political Behavior.” Partecipazione e Conflitto 9: 1 (March 2016): 1-18. Co-authored with Vincenzo Memoli.

France, Social Capital and Political Activism. (Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2010).