Dr. Cristian Vaccari (Ph.D, Universita IULM, Milan, 2006) is Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Faculty of Political Science ‘Roberto Ruffilli’, University of Bologna. He studies political communication in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on the new media. He has authored and co-authored three books in Italian and his scholarship has been published in Political Communication, Party Politics, New Media & Society, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, European Journal of Communication, and French Politics, as well as in various international edited volumes.