Antonio Martella is a post-doc research fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Trento where he works on political elites’ polarization. He was a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of CNR of Pisa working on disinformation and participation dynamics in social media. He is a member of the MediaLaB, Big Data in Social and Political Research Laboratory of the University of Pisa. He has a PhD in Political Science that he gained at the Department of Political Science Department of the University of Pisa defending a thesis titled “Populism as communication style: Italian political leaders in social media”a, and a postgraduate master in Big Data & Social Mining (Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa). His research interests focus on leaders, political polarization, populism, and political communication on social media, which he investigates mainly through big data and statistical analysis.