Carlo Nardella is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy. His research is primarily concerned with phenomena of social change, with a focus on socio-cultural factors and communication. His research projects have addressed the interrelationships between advertising and religion, the interaction between institutional religion and popular religiosity, the relationship between Catholicism and the media, and the role of religion in the legitimation of the European Union.
He is the author of the book La migrazione dei simboli (2015), which explores the use of religious symbolism in Italian advertising through the analysis of a large sample of print advertisements covering fifty years of Italian social history. He is the editor of the special issue of Sociologica ‘Religion and Marketing’ (2014). His work is also published in the Journal of Contemporary Religion, and in other journals and edited volumes.
Nardella won the British Sociological Association’s Peter B. Clarke Memorial Prize in 2011 and was in the same year a nominee to the Harvard Society of Fellows. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies in Spring 2010 and at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Media, Religion and Culture in Fall 2017 and Summer 2018.