Caterina Froio

Caterina Froio is an affilliated guest researcher at C-REX, and will visit C-REX frequently.

Caterina Froio is VOX-Pol Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute). Starting from December 2017 she will be Associate Professor in Political Science at the Université Catholique de Lille (ESPOL-European School of Political and Social Science). She is also an associate researcher to the Centre d’Etudes Européennes (CEE-Sciences Po Paris). Caterina’s research interests are broadly in European politics and political sociology, with a special emphasis on political parties, agenda-setting dynamics, right-wing extremism, radicalism and populism, contentious politics and the internet.


Before teaching at ESPOL she has been awarded a postdoctoral Fellowship from the French National Center of Scientific Research to work in the project ‘SOG-PRO’ (2015-2016) and a Young Investigator Award on ‘Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism’ from the City hall of Paris (2015-2016). Between 2014 and 2016 she has been an Instructor at Sciences Po Paris and Sciences Po Reims.


Caterina completed her Ph.D. at the European University Institute (2011-2015). Her PhD examines the impact of governing parties’ electoral promises on policy agendas in Western democracies. Since 2016 Froio is convenor of the ECPR standing group on ‘Extremism and Democracy’. 


She is currently working on nationalist discourses in the European far right, and she engages with three increasingly salient issues in liberal democracies: immigration, Islam, and political elites both at the national and supranational levels.  


Her publications have appeared, among others, in Comunicazione Politica, French Politics, Gouvernance et Action Publique, Partecipazione e Conflitto, The International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Party Politics, Réseaux, and in a number of edited volumes.


She is also the author of the book Fascists of the Third Millennium? Crises and Participation in CasaPound Italia (Fascisti di un Altro Millennio? Crisi e Partecipazione in CasaPound Italia 2015 with M. Albanese, G. Bulli and P. Castelli Gattinara) published by Bonanno. Combining interviews with activists and leaders, open participant observation to private and public events, qualitative and quantitative content analyses of offline and online propaganda material the book examines what motivates individuals to join an extreme right party in times when historical ideologies, conventional forms of political participation and attachment to political parties are fading.


Caterina’s publications are regularly updated here.

Published Nov. 30, 2017 9:23 AM - Last modified Apr. 24, 2019 1:27 AM