Department of Political Science


Dr Donatella Bonansinga

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Associate Lecturer
Room: 3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: d.bonansinga@ucl.ac.uk


I am an Associate Lecturer in Migration, Globalisation and Populism. I obtained my PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2023. I hold MAs in Social Research Methods (2018), European Politics (2014) and Global Politics (2013). Prior to joining UCL, I was a Senior Researcher at YouGov. I also taught and contributed to research at the University of Surrey and the University of Birmingham. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


My research takes an interdisciplinary perspective on populism, examining the phenomenon from the lenses of political science, international relations and political psychology. I specialise in populist communication and the emotional and psychological mechanisms linked to populist support. My recent work has explored the role of anger, fear, pride and hope in populist communication; how established vs. emerging populist leaders communicate on TikTok; narratives of crisis and insecurity in the populist right vs. left; populist party competition; and the populist securitisation of migration.


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I teach on the Globalisation and Populism (POLS0055), and The Politics of Immigration (PUBL0093) modules.