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Lluis de Nadal Alsina (Research Fellow)

Lluis de Nadal Alsina (Research Fellow)

Lluis de Nadal joined the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies after working at CELSA-Sorbonne, Paris, where he was the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Fellow. He holds a PhD in Communications from Columbia University, an MA in Arts and Culture Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies from the Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. His doctoral dissertation, supervised by Todd Gitlin, uses the Spanish populist party Podemos as a case study to examine the relationship between populism and digital media. His current research is divided among three topics. First, building on his dissertation project and in collaboration with the Digital Parties Network, he is examining the strengths and shortcomings of digital tools for political organization. Second, he is a co-investigator in the project “Satire and Democracy,” which received the Université de Paris - King’s College London Joint Research Award. And third, he collaborates with the Horizon 2020-funded project “Reconstructing Democracy in Times of Crisis” (REDEM), which seeks solutions to the EU’s crisis of legitimacy. His research on political parties and populism was recognized with the 2016 James Thomas Memorial Prize, awarded by the Political Studies Association (Media and Politics division). He is also a recipient of the "la Caixa" fellowship, the most prestigious merit-based fellowship in Spain.

Research Profile

Digital media; political communication; political parties; political theory; populism; social movements.


De Nadal, L. (2021) On Populism and Social Movements: From the Indignados to Podemos. Social Movement Studies, 20:1, 36-56.

De Nadal, L. (2021) Populism and plebiscitarianism 2.0: How Podemos used digital platforms for organization and decision-making. New Media and Society (online first).

De Nadal, L. (forthcoming) Does Social Media Fundamentally Alter Processes of Social Change? Networked Movements and the Construction of the ‘We.’” In Baikady, R. (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

De Nadal, L. (forthcoming) Does the Future Belong to the Digital Party? In Eder-Ramsauer, A., Kim, S., Knott, A., and Prentoulis, M. (Eds.), Populism, Protest, and New Forms of Political Organization, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

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