The School gathers internationally renowned academics to engage with students

Our history

The Milan School was founded in 2007 by Prof. Gianpietro Mazzoleni, together with a group of scholars of the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan, engaged in comparative research in the fields of political science, political sociology and political communication, who held close links with the scientific communities around the world. The aim was to offer to young scholars the opportunity to interact with internationally renowned specialists in the areas of political communication. 

The School met immediate success, attracting bright students from many countries in Europe and from overseas. It was replicated in 2010 and every other year since. From 2014, the School has been co-sponsored and co-organized by the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association. Roughly 150 participants from the previous editions have built an informal network of ‘alumni’ that has proved a valuable resource for their scientific careers.

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The lectures

The School addresses the main theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of political communication, political science, and political sociology, with a special focus on the relationship between political communication, media, political participation and democracy.


The 2024 Faculty gathers internationally renowned academics to engage with students. Confirmed in-person speakers include: Scott Althaus (U of Illinois), Michael Chan (Chinese U of Hong Kong), Kimberly Gross (George Washington U), Kate Kenski (U of Arizona), Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Eike Mark Rinke (Leeds U), Sebastián Valenzuela (U Católica de Chile), Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (U of Cardiff), Brian Weeks (U of Michigan), Moran Yarchi (Reichman U).

the students

Participants come from around the globe; countries represented at previous Summer Schools include USA, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa among others.

A successful Experience

Building on the experience of the last 15 years, the 2024 Summer School offers a unique opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in communication, sociology, psychology and political science:

  1. to attend an intensive, six-day program that consists of lectures, master classes, paper presentations and mentoring sessions, and
  2. to build long-lasting personal and scholarly relations in a celebrated friendly and productive environment.

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