Maria Grasso joined SPIR and Queen Mary University of London as Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology in 2020. Previously, she was Professor of Politics and Quantitative Methods at the Department of Politics of the University of Sheffield which she had joined as a Lecturer in 2011 before being promoted to Senior Lecturer and then to Chair in 2017. Maria holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and an MSc in Sociology with Distinction from the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall). She received her doctorate from the University of Oxford in June 2011 (Nuffield College). Her doctoral research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); she was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford (2008-2011) and Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton (2009-2011).
Maria is European Editor of Mobilization and on the Editorial Board of European Journal of Political Research. Previously, she was an Associate Editor of European Societies (2018-2021). She is the author of Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe (Routledge, 2016) and Street Citizens: Protest Politics and Social Movement Activism in the Age of Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2019, with Marco Giugni) and Living with Hard Times: Europeans in the Great Recession (ECPR Press, 2021, with Marco Giugni). She has further edited a number of volumes and journal special issues and her work has been published in a variety of specialist journals including British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, Political Studies, Acta Politica, American Behavioral Scientist, Work, Employment, and Society, Mobilization, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change and others.