Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano), Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University and Professor of Government at the University of Texas (Austin). He has served as an advisor on cultural activities to the President of the Italian Republic (1999-2006), and has worked for the President of the Camera dei Deputati (1996-2001). He has served as the coordinator of the National Committee for the Improvement of the Republican Culture within the Ministry of Home Affairs.
He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute of Firenze. He has taught and conducted research at many universities such as Cambridge (Clare Hall), Georgetown (Washington, D.C.), the United Arab Emirates, the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton, the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, the European University Institute of Firenze (Jean Monnet Fellow)
His main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought, classical republicanism and neo-republicanism, with a special expertise on Machiavelli and Rousseau, republican iconography, the relationship between religion and politics, patriotism, constitutionalism, classical rhetoric, political communication, citizenship, and civic education.