Stefano Bartolini was born in 1952 and graduated in political science from the University of Florence. From 2006 to 2013 he was Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute.
Previous to his directorship he was assistant professor at the University of Bologna (1976) and at the European University Institute (1979), associate professor at the University of Florence (1985), full professor at the University of Trieste (1990), the University of Geneva (1991), the European University Institute (1994) and the University of Bologna (2004).
He is a member of the editorial board of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, and a member of the scientific board of West European Politics, Swiss Review of Political Science, Acta Politica, Electoral Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Comparative Political Studies.
He has been awarded the best book prize of the European Politics section at APSA (2002), the Gregory Luebbert APSA Prize in Comparative Politics (2001), and the UNESCO Stein Rokkan Prize for the Social Sciences (1990).
Professor Bartolini's present academic interests are the relationships between the process of European integration and the key features of the European nation-state experience.
His research interests have focused on Western Europe political development, comparative methodology, political institutions and European integration.