Alberto Martinelli is Professor of Political Science and Sociology and former Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan (1987-1999). Former chairman the Commission for international scientific cooperation and Rector’s Delegate for inter-university relations.
President of the Evaluation Committee of the University of Padua.
Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the International Social Science Council.
Past-President of the International Sociological Association.
He has been active in teaching, pure and applied research, publishing, international scientific cooperation, and government consulting.
Master in Economics and Business, Bocconi University of Milan, Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California at Berkeley. “Privat Dozent” in Sociology of Work, full Professor of Economic Sociology and then of Political Science, Director of the Department of Sociology at the University of Milan.
He also taught at Bocconi University of Milan, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, New York University, the University of Valencia, Cairo Ain Shams University, the University of St. Petersburg.
Member of the Scientific Committee of Milan Expo 2015. Member of Italy’s National Council of Science and Technology for its whole duration.
In 1984-85 and in 1996-98 advisor of the Italian Prime Minister for social policies. He was chairman of the National Commission for the social integration of immigrants, member of the Scientific Committees of Lombardy Institute of Research, vice-President of the Committee for the Prevention of Criminal Activities of the Milan City Council, official representative of the City of Milan in the Executive Committee of Eurocities.
On the editorial board of several scientific journals, among which the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Quaderni di Scienza politica and Stato e mercato. Editorialist for Il Corriere della sera.
Author of well known studies in comparative social and political systems, modernization, global governance, sustainable development, economy and society, interest groups, entrepreneurship and complex organizations.
His recent works in English include:
Transatlantic Divide. Comparing American and European Society, Oxford University Press, 2007.
Global Modernization. Rethinking the Project of Modernity, Sage, 2005, Russian edition, 2006 ,Chinese edition 2010.
Recent Social Trends in Italy, McGill-Queens University Press,1999.
International Markets and Global Firms, Sage,1991.
Overviews in Economic Sociology (with N. J. Smelser), Sage,1990;
“Entrepreneurship and Management”, in N. J. Smelser and R. Swedberg eds., The Handbook of Economic Sociology, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1994, 476-503.
He was Section Editor for Organization and Management Studies in the New International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences (Elsevier, 2002).