Rocco Walter Ronza is Associate Research Fellow at ISPI for the Africa Programme and Adjunct professor at the Department of Political Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan. He holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento. He taught courses and seminars at ASERI in Milan, the Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Budapest, and the University of Stellenbosch, where he is a recurrent visiting researcher.
A member of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) since 2008, he has published articles on South African politics and democratization in Italian academic journals such as Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica and Stato e Mercato. His interviews on Southern Africa’s current affairs have appeared in the media in Italy and abroad (Limes, Nigrizia, L’Unità, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Radio24, Class Cnbc, Sky TG 24, RaiNews24, RSI - Radiotelevisione svizzera, Limesonline.com, Infobae.com).
His research interests include elections, democratization, political economy and the political development of the semi-periphery, with special regard to South Africa and Southern Africa.