Stefan Barratt is a PhD Candidate in Politics at Luiss, looking into the concepts of populism, nationalism, and patriotism within the context of liberal and multicultural democracies. Methodologically, his research is perhaps closer to political theory or philosophy than to political science. A British-Italian dual citizen (with Dutch family), he is known for his frequent jokes but somehow resisted the temptation of writing one in his bio for the website. The working title of his thesis is “Culture in populism: assessing when populism can be a negative influence on democracy”.



  • PhD Candidate at Luiss University (2019-2023)
  • M.A. in Global Ethics and Human Values at King’s College London (with Distinction)
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Ethics at Heythrop College, University of London (First-class)
  • Served as Vice-President and then Executive Member of the Students’ Union, for which he also was a student representative in Governing Body meetings.

Research interests:

Populism; Democracy; Multiculturalism; Ethics of Culture; Nationalism; Patriotism; Pluralism; Social Identity; Nationhood; Citizenship; Justice; Political Philosophy; Political Theory; Philosophy; Sociology