Lorenzo Mosca received his PhD from the University of Florence in 2004. Subsequently, he carried out post-doctoral research activities at the European University Institute (EUI) of Fiesole, the Bocconi University of Milan and the University of Trento, teaching at Boston College (Parma study abroad programme) and at James Madison University (Florence international programme).
Subsequently, he was assistant professor of Sociology of Communication at the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts of Roma Tre University (2008-2015), then associate professor of Political Science at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (now Faculty of Political and Social Sciences) of the Scuola Normale Superiore (2015-2018) and, finally, full professor of Sociology of Communication at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (2018-2023).
He is currently full professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Parma.
He has held institutional positions as President of MA courses, Rector's Delegate, Vice Dean and Member of the ASN (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) Commission in the area Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes.
He is a member of the teaching staff of the PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (SOMET) and is coordinating editor of the journal Social Movement Studies (SMS), associate editor of the journals South European Society and Politics (SESP), European Journal of Communication (EJC), Participation and Conflict (PaCo). He was previously managing editor of the European Political Science Review (EPSR) and associate editor of the Italian Political Science Review (IPSR/RISP).
He has worked in several European research projects (Europub.com, Demos, Younex) and won national (FIRB, PRIN) and international (Volkswagen Foundation) competitive grants as PI or co-PI. He has collaborated on several occasions with the Istituto Cattaneo in Bologna and the V-Dem Institute (Varieties of Democracy) at the University of Gothenburg as a national expert.
His research interests include the sociology of digital platforms and political communication, the sociology of participatory processes, civil society, political parties and social movements, and populism.
His scientific output consists of more than 100 publications, including 7 monographs, 8 edited journals/books, 51 book chapters and 42 journal articles. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited a total of 4,842 times, with an h-index of 27 and an i10-index of 58 (as of 06.09.2023).