Mauro Calise is Professor of Political Science, University of Naples Federico II and the President of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (2008-10). He is the Editor and Director of the International Political Science Association Web Portal for Electronic Sources. He has taught and lectured throughout Italy, Europe, and the United States. His international activities include the International Political Science Association (Vice-President, 2000-2003); Visiting Professor, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; Visiting Professor and Research Fellow, Cornell University; Research Fellow, Harvard Center for European Studies. He has published books, journal articles and newspaper columns in several areas, including state theory, political parties, executive elites, political communication and concept analysis. His recent interests focus on Internet epistemology and culture. He has developed and directed several web projects. His latest web project is Federica, an innovative e-learning platform. He's been writing a weekly column for Il Mattino since 1995.