Alberta Giorgi completed her PhD at the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Sciences (University of Milan) with a dissertation on Politicians’ discourses about political secularism in Italy. Since then, Alberta held research positions at University of Milan-Bicocca and the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES, Coimbra) – with a comparative research project on ‘Political secularism in a Multilevel Governance Perspective’ –, and she was adjunct professor of Methods of Political research at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento.
She is a member of the research groups POLICREDOS (CES Coimbra), Polislombardia and Sui Generis (University of Milan-Bicocca), and she is associated post-doc at the Groupe Societés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL – CNRS-EPHE, Paris). Alberta co-chairs the Italian Society of Political Science (SISP) standing group ‘Religion and Politics’, and she is a member of the ECPR standing group ‘Religion and Politics’ and SISP standing group ‘Participation and Social Movements’. She has participated as a researcher in national and local research projects on topics related to public discourse, local politics, governance, and political participation.
Alberta’s research interests lie at the intersection between religion and politics, and her research topics focus on: political secularism and its territorial dimension in a cross-country and within-country comparative perspective; public and political controversies on religion and religion-related issues, and political debates; political participation and territorial differences. Among her recent publications: ‘Paths of Research in Religion and Politics’ (2014), special issue of Partecipazione e Conflitto – [PACO] The open journal of socio-political studies, co-edited with E. Polizzi; ‘Ahab and the white whale: the contemporary debate around the forms of Catholic political commitment in Italy’, Democratization (2013); ‘The Debate on the Crucifix in Public Spaces in Twenty-First Century Italy’, Mediterranean Politics (2013), with L. Ozzano; ‘European Culture wars and the Italian Case: Which side are you on?’, with L. Ozzano, Routledge (2015).