Giulia M. Dotti Sani


University of Milano
Department of Social and Political Sciences
Via Conservatorio 7, 20122

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very short bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milano “Statale”. I have a PhD in Sociology and Social Research and my main research interests are sociology of the family, female employment and social stratification. I also work on public opinion and political participation in comparative perspective. I mostly work with large individual and household surveys, both longitudinal and cross-sectional (e.g. EU-SILC, ESS, ISTAT Household Survey) and I teach quantitative methods at various levels. Below you can find a list of my publications and here a link to my CV.

articles in journals

Francesco Molteni, Riccardo Ladini, Ferruccio Biolcati, Antonio M. Chiesi, Giulia Maria Dotti Sani, Simona Guglielmi, Marco Maraffi, Andrea Pedrazzani, Paolo Segatti & Cristiano Vezzoni (2020) Searching for comfort in religion: insecurity and religious behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. European Societies. Online first DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1836383.

Simona Guglielmi, Giulia M. Dotti Sani, Francesco Molteni et al. (2020). Public acceptability of containment measures during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy: how institutional confidence and specific political support matter. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Online first DOI:10.1108/IJSSP-07-2020-0342.

Nevena Kulic, Giulia M. Dotti Sani, Susanne Strauss and Luna Bellani (2020). Economic disturbances in the COVID-19 crisis and their gendered impact on unpaid activities in Germany and Italy. European Societies. Online first DOI:10.1080/14616696.2020.1828974.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Matteo Luppi (2020). Absence from work after the birth of the first child and mothers’ retirement incomes: A comparative analysis of ten European countries. Work, Employment and Society. Online first DOI: 10.1177/0950017020937935.

Nevena Kulic and Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2020). Within-couple distribution of economic resources. A critical review of extant studies and avenues for future research. Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia. Online first. DOI: 10.1423/97642.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2020). Is it “good” to have a stay at home mom? Parental childcare time and work–family arrangements in Italy, 1988–2014. Social Politics. Online first. DOI: 10.1093/sp/jxaa014.

Cristiano Vezzoni, Riccardo Ladini, Francesco Molteni, Giulia M. Dotti Sani et al. (2020). Investigating the social, economic and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic: A rolling cross-section approach. Survey Research Methods, 14(2). DOI: 10.18148/srm/2020.v14i2.7745.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Mario Quaranta (2020). Let them be, not adopt: General attitudes towards gays and lesbians and specific attitudes towards adoption by same-sex souples in 22 European countries. Social Indicators Research, 150, 1, 351-373. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-020-02291-1. See our video abstract here.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Cristiano Vezzoni (2019) The European Social Survey: A telescope for the social sciences. Polis, 2019/02, 179-184. DOI: 10.1424/94244.

Mario Quaranta and Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2018). Left behind? Gender gaps in political engagement over the life course in 27 European countries. Social Politics, 25, 2, 254–286. DOI:

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Claudia Acciai (2018). Two hearts and a loan? Mortgages, employment insecurity and earnings among young couples in six European countries. Urban Studies, 55(11), 2451–2469. DOI: 10.1177/0042098017717211.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2018). The economic crisis and changes in work-family arrangements in six European countries. Journal of European Social Policy, 28, 2, 177-193 DOI: 10.1177/09589287177005.

Mara Yerkes, Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Cristina Solera (2018). Attitudes towards parenthood, partnership and social rights for diverse families: Evidence from a pilot study in five countries. Journal of Homosexuality, 65:1, 80-99. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1310507.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Stefani Scherer (2018). Maternal employment: Enabling factors in context. Work, Employment and Society. 32: 1, 75-92. DOI: 10.1177/0950017016677944.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Mario Quaranta (2016). Attitudes towards gender roles among teenagers in comparative perspective. Sex Roles. DOI 10.1007/s11199-016-0698-7.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Judith Treas. (2016) Educational Gradients in Parents’ Child Care Time across Countries, 1965-2012. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78(4): 1083–1096. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12305.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2016). Undoing gender in housework? Participation in Domestic Chores by Italian Fathers and Children of Different Ages. Sex Roles, 74:411–421. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0585-2.

Mario Quaranta and Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2016). The relationship between the civic engagement of parents and children: A cross-national analysis of 18 European countries. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45(6): 1091-1112. DOI: 10.1177/0899764016628677.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Beatrice Magistro (2016). Increasingly unequal? The economic crisis, social inequalities and trust in the European Parliament in 20 European countries. European Journal of Political Research, 55(2): 246–264. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12126.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2015) Within-Couple Inequality in Earnings and the Relative Motherhood Penalty. A Cross-National Study of European Countries, European Sociological Review, 31(6): 667-682. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcv066.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Mario Quaranta (2015). Chips off the old blocks? The intergenerational transmission of political participation in Italy, Social Science Research, 50, 264–276. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.12.002.

Mario Quaranta and Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2015) O tutti o nessuno? Differenze regionali e di genere nella partecipazione politica e sociale intrafamigliare in Italia] Polis, 1. DOI: 10.1424/79273.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2014). Men’s employments hours and time on domestic chores in European countries. Journal of Family Issues, 35, 8, 1023-1047. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X14522245.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Mario Quaranta (2013). A mixed approach to the work-motherhood relation in OECD countries. Comparative Sociology, 12, 31–65. DOI: 10.1163/15691330-12341251.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2012). La divisione del lavoro domestico e delle attività di cura nelle coppie italiane: un’analisi empirica, Stato e Mercato, 1, Aprile 2012, 161-193. DOI: 10.1425/36769.


Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2018). Time Use in Domestic Settings Throughout the Life Course. The Italian Case. BERLIN: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-78719-0.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2018). Changing equilibria in a context of low gender equality. Women’s paid and unpaid work in Italy, 1988-2014. ROMA: Aracne, Editrice. ISBN: 978-88-255-110-00.

edited volumes

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Cristiano Vezzoni (2019). Attitudes and values in a changing world: Italy in the European Social Survey (2001-2018). Special issue of Polis (2019/02). DOI: 10.1424/94244.

book chapters

Giulia M. Dotti Sani, Manuela Naldini, Trudie Knijn, Cristina Solera, Mara A. Yerkes (2018) National attitudes as a barrier to European citizenship rights? The case of parenthood and partnership rights for individuals in diverse family forms. In: Knijn T. and Naldini M. (eds.) Gender and Generational Division in EU citizenship, Edward Elgar publishing. ISBN: 978 1 78811 315 1.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2020) Cittadini «onesti» in uno Stato «corrotto»? In Biolcati, F., Rovati G., and Segatti, P. (eds.) Come cambiano gli Italiani, Il Mulino: Bologna. [ISBN: 978 88 15 28748 9]

book reviews

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2020). Review of Studies in the Sociology of Population. International perspectives, by Jon Anson, Walter Bartl, Andrzej Kulczycki (Eds.), Heildelberg, Springer, 2019, 373 pp. Quaderni di Sociologia 82.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2014). Review of Aging Populations, Globalization and the Labor Market. Comparing Late Working Life and Retirement in Modern Societies, by H.P. Blossfeld, S. Buchholz and K. Kurz (Eds.), International Sociology Review of Books, 29: 431

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2014). Review of Gender and the European Labour Market. F. Bettio, J. Plantenga and M. Smith (Eds.), Routledge, Polis 3, 441-458

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2015). Review of Quello che gli uomini non fanno, by L. Todesco, Polis, 2, 282-284.

working papers

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Matteo Luppi (2017). How long is too long? Long-term effects of maternity-related job interruptions on mothers’ income in ten European countries, Carlo Alberto Notebooks, No. 513, December 2017. PDF.

Nevena Kulic and Giulia M. Dotti Sani (2015). Intra-household sharing of financial resources: A non-technical review of the research field and its historical development. Munich Personal RePEc Archive, N° 68420. PDF.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani, Cristina Solera and Mara A. Yerkes (2015) National attitudes as a barrier to European citizenship rights? The case of parenthood, partnership and social rights across diverse family forms, Carlo Alberto Notebooks, N 427, August 2015. PDF.

ongoing projects

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Mario Quaranta. The diffusion of positive attitudes towards homosexuality in Europe: Mapping changes in individual heterogeneities across time and space

Ceylan Engin and Giulia M. Dotti Sani. Can We Use the European Social Survey to Study Same-Sex Partners in Europe?

Giulia M. Dotti Sani. Does spending time with your children make you happier? Evidence from the Italian Time Use survey

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Simona Guglielmi. Unpacking the link between gender and corruption using survey data: A multilevel analysis of European countries

non-academic outlets

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (January 2021) La pandemia tra disciplina, intolleranza e fiducia (altalenante) nelle istituzioni: l’opinione pubblica ai tempi del Covid. In NaspRead.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (May 2019) Il matrimonio tra persone dello stesso sesso: cosa se ne pensa in Italia. In Neodemos.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (December 2017) Come è cambiato il tempo dei genitori con i bambini? Un’analisi diacronica e comparata. In Rivista Il Mulino.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani (September 2016) La condizione delle madri in Italia: repetita iuvant? In Neodemos.

Giulia M. Dotti Sani and Beatrice Magistro (February 2016). The troubling link between economic and political inequality in Europe. In OpenDemocracy.