Dr Cristian Vaccari

Personal profile

Cristian Vaccari studies political communication in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on digital media.He is co-director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway and between 2013 and 2016 he served as the Principal Investigator of a three-year research project titled "Building Inclusive Societies and a Global Europe Online: Political Information and Participation on Social Media in Comparative Perspective" (http://www.webpoleu.net/) that the Italian Ministry of Education has awarded more than 900,000 Euros in funds. The project investigates the role of social media in citizens' and politicians' practices of political communication in Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and was later expanded to cover a total of ten Western democracies.

Dr. Vaccari's research has received awards by the American Political Science Association for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) for the best article published in the fields of Political Communication and Information Technology and Politics. Together with Augusto Valeriani (University of Bologna), Dr. Vaccari is currently working on a new book titled Outside the Bubble: Social Media and Political Participation in Western Democracies, under contract with Oxford University Press (expected publication date 2019). His previous book is Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Before jopining Royal Holloway, Dr. Vaccari taught at the University of Bologna (with which he is till affiliated) and New York University Florence, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and American University. Dr. Vaccari tweets as @25lettori.

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