Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

Dr Duncan McDonnell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow (2012-2014) and a Jean Monnet Fellow (2011-2012) at the European University Institute in Florence. He has worked as a Politics lecturer and researcher at the University of Turin and has also been a Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Lausanne.

His main current research interests are political parties, populism and Euroscepticism. In November 2016, he received two Australian Research Council Discovery Project Awards for studies on radical right populist parties in Europe (with Annika Werner) and on Indigenous members of Australian political parties (with Michelle Evans).

His most recent book publication is the 2016 volume with Olivier Roy and Nadia Marzouki "Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion", published by Hurst in the UK and Oxford University Press in the USA. He is also the co-author (with Daniele Albertazzi) of "Populists in Power" (Routledge, 2015) and the co-editor of "Twenty-First Century Populism" (Palgrave, 2008).

He has published articles in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, Party Politics, West European Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, South European Society & Politics, and Government & Opposition. He tweets at @duncanmcdonnell.


  • 2014–present
    Senior lecturer, School of Government and International Relations
  • 2012–2014
    Marie Curie Fellow, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute
  • 2011–2012
    Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute
  • 2011–2011
    Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow, Institute of Political and International Studies, University of Lausanne
  • 2008–2011
    Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Political Studies, University of Turin


    University of Wales, MScEcon in Politics of the European Union
    University of Turin, PhD in Political Science
    Trinity College Dublin, Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors)


  • 2015
    Populists in Power, Routledge
  • 2015
    Populist Leaders and Coterie Charisma, Political Studies
  • 2014
    Directly Elected Mayors and their Parties: The Cases of Genoa and Lausanne, Government and Opposition
  • 2014
    Defining and classifying technocrat-led and technocratic governments, European Journal of Political Research
  • 2013
    Silvio Berlusconi's Personal Parties: From Forza Italia to the Popolo Della Libertà, Political Studies
  • 2013
    New political actors in Europe: Beppe Grillo and the M5S, Demos UK Research Report
  • 2013
    From Berlusconi to Monti, Berghahn
  • 2012
    Populism in Europe: Lega Nord, Demos UK Research Report
  • 2012
    Politica in Italia. Edizione 2012, Il Mulino
  • 2011
    Di lotta e di governo: The Lega Nord and Rifondazione Comunista in office, Party Politics
  • 2011
    Outsider parties in government in Western Europe, Party Politics
  • 2010
    The Lega Nord Back in Government, West European Politics
  • 2008
    Twenty-First Century Populism: The Spectre of Western European Democracy, Palgrave MacMillan
  • 2008
    The Sceptre and the Spectre,
  • 2008
    The Republic of Ireland: The Dog That Hasn't Barked in the Night?,
  • 2006
    A weekend in Padania: Regionalist Populism and the Lega Nord, Politics
  • 2005
    The Lega Nord in the second Berlusconi Government: In a League of its Own, West European Politics