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Dr. Gabriele Magni Visit

Dr. Gabriele Magni will visit the University of Illinois on Thursday March 30 and Friday March 31 for an inaugural series on "Transatlantic Challenges to Social Justice". This event is sponsored in part by the European Union Center, Department of Education Title VI, Diversity and Social Justice Education, and the Student Cultural Programming Fee. Please direct questions to Jacob Longaker at

About Dr. Gabriele Magni

An assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Loyola Marymount University, Magni teaches classes on comparative and European politics, political economy, and LGBTQ politics. His scholarly work explores how economic and identity factors interact to shape political preferences and voting behavior in advanced democracies.

Magni’s research on the political consequences of economic inequality, immigration, and LGBTQ politics has been published in several top peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science. His expertise has been sought-out and featured in The Washington Post, Politico, The New Republic, and The New York Times, among other academic and non-academic venues. A first-generation college student, Magni grew up in Italy, obtained his Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoc at Princeton University before coming to LMU to join the BCLA faculty in fall 2019.

Dr. Gabriele Magni Presents

LGBT Rights and Representation: What's the matter on the right?

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 PM

University YMCA, Murphy Lounge, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign

What explains diverging attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights among right-wing parties in Europe? Driven by changing social values and declining religiosity, the center right has largely embraced gay rights. The religious right, whose voters remain devout, maintains its biblically rooted opposition to LGBTQ+ rights. The radical right is split. In Western Europe and Scandinavia, it has embraced the rhetoric of gay rights as a dog whistle of islamophobia to justify anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies. When gay rights are seen as a 'foregn' value, such as in Eastern and Southern Europe, the radical right opposes gay rights. Right-wing parties across the board are much less likely to embrace trans rights. Light refreshments provided.

Community Conversation with Dr. Magni

Friday, March 31, 2023 | 11:00AM-Noon

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Illini Union Room 323

An opportunity to chat with Dr. Magni about pursuing a career in academic, research, advocacy. This opportunity centers our queer, trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming undergraduate and graduate students. Light refreshments provided.

Registration Encouraged:

Sponsors: European Union Center, Diversity & Social Justice Education, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Department of Education Title VI, Student Cultural Programming Fee.