Professor Francesco Bonini was born in Reggio Emilia in 1957 and is the current Rector of LUMSA.
He graduated from the University and Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where he studied respectively for his degree and diploma in literature.
He specialised in history at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and obtained his Master’s degree and PhD in Political Science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Following this, he was engaged in research at ISAP (Institute for Science and Public Administration) in Milan and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, with a NATO-CNR Fellowship.
He began his academic career in the academic year 1992-1993 as a professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He has also taught at the University of Teramo, La Sapienza and LUMSA. Since 2006, he has been registered as a teacher of advanced studies by the Italian Ministry of the Interior.
Francesco Bonini is a member of the International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions, the executive board of the Italian Association for historical archives of political institutions and the scientific committees of various journals, publications and research centres.
He was an adviser to Leopoldo Elia, Minister for Institutional Reforms under the Ciampi Government in 1993-94, and has been adviser to the National Office for Social Communications of the CEI and scientific coordinator of the National Service for the Catholic Church's Cultural Project.