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The director of the Data Archive on Democracies is Mario Quaranta. He earned a PhD in Political Science from the "Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane" (now "Scuola Normale Superiore") in Florence in 2013 and a MA in Methodology and Empirical Research for the Social Sciences from the University of Florence. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. He has also been a visiting research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine.

His main research interests deal with comparative political behavior and public opinion, the quality of democracy and comparative methodology.

Present and past collaborators

Paolo Canofari is a researcher at the School of European Political Economy (SEP), LUISS Guido Carli, his research interests include currency crises models extended to the case of the monetary union, and the implementation of indicators to assess the sustainability of a monetary union.

Andrea Fumarola is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at LUISS ‘Guido Carli’ in Rome with a dissertation on the political determinants of electoral accountability in Central and Eastern Europe. He hold a MA in Parliament and Public Policies in 2012 at LUISS and a MA in Mass Media and Politics at University of Bologna (Forlì Campus) in 2011. From February 2016, he will be visiting research fellow at University of Sydney within the framework of the Electoral Integrity Project, directed by Prof. Pippa Norris, with a research project on the role of electoral integrity in influencing electoral accountability in emerging European democracies 

Jasmin Hasić is a Ph.D. Candidate on the Political Theory Track at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma and l'Université libre de Bruxelles. His academic and professional background is in the IR, European Studies, Political Science and Law. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Law from the University of Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010 and 2013), a B.A. in European Studies and International Relations from Masaryk University, Czech Republic (2011), and an M.A. in Political Science from the Central European University - Hungary (2012). 

Alessandro Pellegata is a research fellow at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena (Italy). His main research interests are in the field of comparative politics and focus on democracy and democratization, electoral competition and government alternation and political corruption. He has published articles in several academic journals, such as Democratization, International Political Science Review Italian Political Science, Review-Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica and Social Indicators Research.