Giulia Mariani

Researcher at Department of Government; Faculty

Visiting address:
Östra Ågatan 19
753 22 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Giulia Mariani is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Government. Currently, her research focuses on opposition to abortion in the European Union.


  • abortion
  • european union
  • gender and sexuality
  • institutions
  • lgbti rights


Giulia Mariani holds a in Specialized Economic Analysis from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.


Current research

Giulia Mariani has been awarded a Postdoc grant by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) for her project titled "Opposition to Gender Equality Policies in the European Multi-Level Space: The Case of Abortion". The project seeks to gain a better understanding of who the anti-abortion organizations operating at the supranational level are and of how they may access and take advantage of the European Union's governing bodies to push their agenda forward.

Past research

In her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Political and Discursive Opportunities for Institutional Change: The Case of Marriage Equality in the United States", Giulia has built on the literature on gradual institutional change and on morality policies to study the struggle by the LGBT movement to gain marriage rights as well as the resistance cast by its opponents to preserve heterosexual marriage.


Mariani, Giulia, and Tània Verge. 2021. "Discursive Strategies and Sequenced Institutional Change: The Case of Marriage Equality in the United States." Political Studies. Published online before print June 11, 2021.

Mariani, Giulia. 2020. “Failed and Successful Attempts at Institutional Change: The Battle for Marriage Equality in the United States.” European Political Science Review 12(2): 255–270.

Mariani, Giulia. 2020. “Religious Diversity and Party Control in the States: Explaining Adoptions of Same-Sex Marriage Laws.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 17(1): 119–127.


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Giulia Mariani