Simone Cremaschi

political sociologist based at Bocconi University


I am a political sociologist studying the origins, workings, and consequences of social and political marginalization. I work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bocconi University, Dondena Centre, where I am part of the ERC Project LOSS. From January to June 2024, I will be a visiting fellow at Columbia University.

research. My current research mainly focuses on the European context following three intersecting lines:

ethnic marginality. How immigrants and ethnic minority groups create parallel institutional infrastructures to survive poverty and exclusion, and how such institutional parallelism shapes their relationship with the mainstream society;

exclusionary politics. Why macro-societal changes such as economic crises, the gender revolution, and climate change create demand for policies that harm groups such as immigrants and women, and how local variation in state-provided public services shapes this demand;

inclusive memories. How collective memories of historical events such as wartime resistance against Nazi-Fascism are transmitted and mobilized today to defend marginalized groups’ rights and create more inclusive societies.

My research combines multiple types of methods and evidence, often involving extensive qualitative fieldwork and design-based causal inference, and developing new approaches to combine the two.

vitae. I received my PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. My PhD has won the 2021 IMISCOE Maria Ioannis Baganha Award as the best dissertation on migration, integration, and social cohesion in Europe. My research has won funding from the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Leiden University, and Fondazione Roberto Franceschi. I have spent visiting periods at the WZB Berlin, ETH Zurich-Immigration Policy Lab, and Bocconi University. I have collaborated on social and research dissemination projects with civil society organizations such as Fondazione Roberto Franceschi, Associazione Naga, and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

contacts. You can stay updated on my research activity by following me on Twitter. To get in touch, you can send me an email at simone [dot] cremaschi [at] unibocconi [dot] it.