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Dr. Lucia Manzi

Assistant Professor

Portrait of Lucia ManziDr. Lucia Manzi holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. She joined the Political Science faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2018. During her time at Notre Dame, Dr. Manzi was a dissertation fellow with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Dr. Manzi’s book project, “Governing the Judiciary: The Micro-Foundations of Effective Corruption Prosecution, Italy 1945 – 1996” focuses on the conditions for the effective judicial prosecution of corruption and other complex criminal issues in Italy.

Dr. Manzi’s research interests include comparative judicial institutions and comparative law, European politics, the effective judicial response to political corruption and other crimes, and the relationship between politics and crime.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. in Political Science, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • B.A. in Political Science, Università degli Studi di Milano


  • “Friends You Can Trust: A Signaling Theory of Interest Group Litigation Before the U.S. Supreme Court" with Matthew E. K. Hall in Law & Society Review 51, no. 3 (September 1, 2017)

Selected Talks

  • “The Rise of the Far Right in Europe: Its Impact and U.S. Response” at Hillsdale College, 2017, invited talk.
  • “A Threat to Democracy? Right-Wing Populism in Europe” organized by the Nanovic Institute and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, 2017, invited talk.
  • “New Conviction: Italian Judicial Networks, Mafias, and Corruption Trials” at the International Conference of Europeanists, 2018.
  • “Exposing Corruption: Civil Society and Media Support for Judicial Action against Political Corruption” at the Midwest Law and Society Retreat, University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2016.
  • “Judging Corruption: The Judiciary and Effective Prosecution of Political Corruption in Italy” at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2016.

Research Interests

  • Judicial Institutions
  • Comparative Law
  • European Politics
  • The Politics of Corruption
  • Politics and Crime
  • Courses
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • European Politics
  • Global Law
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