U7, Piano: III, Stanza: 320
Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 8 - 20126 MILANO
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Maurizio Pisati is a professor of Sociology.

Born in Milan in 1965, in 1989 he took a degree (Laurea) in Political Science at the University of Milan, and in 1994 he obtained a PhD in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento.

From May 1994 to April 1997, he taught quantitative data analysis at the European University Institute of Fiesole. From November 1997 to March 2001, he was an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, where he taught Methodology of the Social Sciences and Statistics for the Social Sciences. From April 2001 to September 2006, he was an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where he taught Social Research Methods. Since October 2006, he has been full professor of Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where he teaches Quantitative Social Research Methods.

From January to December 1992, he was a visiting PhD student at the Department of Sociology and the Survey Research Center of the University of California, Berkeley, USA. From January to June 2011, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. From July to September 2011, he was a visiting scholar at StataCorp LP, College Station, TX, USA.

In 2007, he co-founded miLab - Working Group on Quantitative Analysis of Social Phenomena, a research center on the epistemology and methodology of the quantitative analysis of social phenomena at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca. In 2007, he co-founded the academic journal Sociologica - Italian Journal of Sociology online, of which he is currently a member of the editorial board. From 2012 to 2017, he was the director of the academic journal Polis.

He is the author or co-author of seven books and some fifty articles published in collective volumes or peer-reviewed journals. He is also the author of several open source commands for the statistical software Stata.

His research interests cover the following topics: social inequalities, social mobility, human mating behavior, philosophy and methodology of science, evolutionist approach to the analysis of social phenomena, quantitative analysis of social phenomena.


  • Pisati, M., Riva, E., & Lucchini, M. (2020). The Spatial Location of Chinese Businesses: A Longitudinal Analysis of Clustering Patterns in Milan, Italy. POLIS, 34(1), 5-32.
  • Pompili, T., Pisati, M., & Lorenzini, E. (2019). Determinants of international tourist choices in Italian provinces: A joint demand–supply approach with spatial effects. PAPERS IN REGIONAL SCIENCE, 98(6), 2251-2273.
  • Peretto, G., & Pisati, M. (2018). Whom should you trust? the assessment of professional trustworthiness in the expert-client relationship. STATO E MERCATO(114), 499-546.
  • Pisati, M. (2017). Studiare la società italiana: il caso di Polis, 2012-2017. POLIS, 31(3), 409-428.
  • Pisati, M., & Ridolfi, L. (2017). Female Mating Preferences and Socioeconomic Status: A Factorial Survey Design. Intervento presentato a: 29th Annual Conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Boise ID, Usa.