November 10, 2020: Italy/Spain

Sponsored by the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Political Science Institute at the University of Brasília.

This international virtual lecture series titled “Populism and the Pandemic- A Comparative Perspective” investigates the response of populists in different countries to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lectures will be held every second Tuesday of the month* at 11 am US Central Time (CST)/14.00 Brasília, Brazil (GMT-3)/18.00 Brussels, Belgium (CET). A recording of this lecture is available for viewing below.

*September 2020 hosted two talks, one on September 8th and the other on September 29th.

Registration is required for each lecture, and registration forms will become available on the event page for each event as the date of the event approaches. A maximum of 250 participants are allowed on the platform.


Lisa Zanotti is an Associate Researcher at the Research Institute for Social Science at Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile and she is currently a visiting scholar at the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Political Science from Diego Portales University (Chile) and in Humanities from Leiden University (Netherlands). Her research focuses on party systems, populism, and attitudes toward democracy. With Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte, Jose Rama, and Andres Santana) she is currently under contract with the Routledge’s Extremism and Democracy series for the book “VOX: The Rise of the Spanish Populist Radical Right”


Carolina Plaza Colodro is a postdoctoral researcher fellow at the Area of Political Science at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is a Sociologist by the University of Barcelona and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from the University of Salamanca. She has been a visiting researcher at Università degli Studi di Milano (2016), University of Leicester (2016) and, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2020). Her academic interests are related to party systems, populism, and Euroscepticism, both at the supply and demand side of electoral competition. In her postdoctoral project, Carolina approaches the intersection between populist attitudes, political preferences and, socioeconomic characteristics of the different social groups, and their role in party system transformation. Her investigations have been published in West European Politics, Electoral Studies and, Politics, among others.