Alberto Martinelli has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California in Berkeley. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Milan. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences from 1987 to 1999 and chaired the University Committee for International Scientific Cooperation. In 1998-2002, he was elected President of the International Sociological Association. He is President of the Evaluation Committee of the University of Padua; a member of the Scientific Committees of the Milan Expo 2015; EconomEtica (the Italian University network on Business Ethnics and Corporate Social Responsibility); the Lombardy Regional Observatories on Migration and on Social Exclusion; and Real Academia des Sciencias Morales y Politicas de Espana. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and writes for Il corriere della sera and other newspapers and magazines. His recent publications include: Transatlantic Divide. Comparing American and European Society (Oxford University Press, 2008); Global Modernization. Rethinking the Project of Modernity (Sage, 2005); La democrazia globale (Universita Bocconi Editore, 2004/2009); and La sociedad italiana (CIS, 2005).