Political Science Major

Francesca Vassallo, Ph.D.

Chair, Political Science Department, Associate Professor of Political Science
Professor Vassallo

Office Location

421 Luther Bonney, Portland Campus

Phone

(207) 780-4294

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University (2002)
  • M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University (2000)
  • M.A. in International Affairs from American University (1996)
  • B.A. in Political Science from the University of Padoa (Italy) (1993)

Profile

Dr. Francesca Vassallo is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Political Science Department at the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests and publications have focused on conventional and unconventional political behavior, French and European politics, European public opinion, US-EU relations and protest action. In addition to journal articles and book chapters, her book France, Social Capital and Political Activism (Palgrave) came out in 2010.  She has been the guest editor of special issues of the journals PS: Political Science & Politics, Partecipazione e Conflitto and German Politics and Society. She is currently working on a book investigating levels of EU support in France over time. She was awarded a visiting fellowship from the Centre for European Studies of the Australian National University (2015), a visiting research position at the Center for the Study of Democracy of the University of California Irvine (2016), and an Europa Policy Lab Fellowship from the Centre for European Studies of the Australian National University (2018-9). She has lectured and given presentations in her field of research at universities, public opinion forums and government agencies in many countries, from North America to Europe and Australia.

Professor Vassallo received her Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University (2002), her M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University (2000), her M.A. in International Affairs from American University (1996), and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Padoa (Italy) (1993).

Research Interests

Political Behavior, Protest Activism across Europe in Comparative Perspective, French and European Union Politics, Comparative European Politics, European Union Public Opinion.

Recent Publications

Book:

France, Social Capital and Political Activism (Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2010).

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“Social Capital” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. (Oxford University Press: 2020).https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.70

“Teaching Comparative Political Behavior in the Era of Digital Activism.” Journal of Political Science Education 16: 3 (2020): 399-402. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15512169.2019.1683454

“After the Crisis: Political Protest in the Aftermath of the Economic Recession.” Comparative European Politics 18: 1 (February 2020): 45-72.

“The Evolution of Protest Research: Measures and Approaches.” PS: Political Science & Politics 51: 4 (January 2018): 67-72.

“Protest Activism and the European Economic Crisis: Does Economic Decline Matter?” in Protests and Riots. Alice Pichette, ed. (Nova Science Publishers: N.Y., 2018).

“Europeans’ Views of the Bush Presidency: Reaction to US Interventionism” in Volume III: Foreign Politics and Policy Making in the George W. Bush Presidency. Meena Bose and Paul Fritz, eds. (Nova Science Publishers: N.Y., 2016).

“Political Activism Research: Studying the Evolution of Political Behavior.” Partecipazione e Conflitto 9: 1 (March 2016): 1-18. Co-authored with Vincenzo Memoli.

“Explaining Protest in the Aftermath of the Great Recession in Europe: The Relevance of Different Economic Indicators.” Partecipazione e Conflitto 9: 1 (March 2016):101-126. Co-authored with Pauline Ding.

“Political Activists: French and Germans Compared (Review Article).” French Politics 11: 4 (December 2013): 373-383.