Maria Prosperina VITALE Curriculum

Current position

Assistant Professor of Social Statistics, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Salerno (Italy) since 2005.



- 1998 B.A. in Sociology, University of Salerno

- 2002 Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Chieti "G. D'Annunzio"

- 2002-2004 Research assistantship, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Salerno 


International experiences

- 2008 Visiting period at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Science (October-December)

International courses attendance

  • Advanced Methods for Network Analysis, Research Centre in Economic and Organisational Sociology School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbona (2008)
  • ECPR Summer School in methods and techniques, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (2007)
  • Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, Department of Government, University of Essex (2005)
  • Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan (2000)
  • 29th Spring Seminar Causal Analysis with Latent Variables, Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung, University of Cologne (2000)

Teaching experiences

  • Survey sampling (Undergraduate Level)
  • Indicators for analysing socio-demographic phenomena (Graduate Level)
  • Social Network Analysis (Master Degree)
  • Statistics (Undergraduate Level)
  • Social statistics (Undergraduate Level, Graduate Level)


Professional experiences

  • MIUR - PRIN 2003 national grant: "Multivariate Statistical and Visualization Methods to Analyze, to Summarize, and to Evaluate Performance Indicators"
  • Research program "An analysis of inequalities in labour market due to differences in cultural capital and social classes in subregional areas", Action 3.6 a of P.O.R. CAMPANIA 2000-2006
  • Research program "Schola", CAOT, University of Salerno (Italy)
  • Research program "Schola 2", CAOT, University of Salerno (Italy)
  • Research program "E-learning", University of Salerno (Italy)
  • MIUR - PRIN 2008 "Network Theories, Evaluation of Technological Districts and public policies for innovation" 
  • Research Program LEADER - GAL Irpinia 2012, Centro interdipartimentale per la diffusione delle scienze umane e sociali e per la costruzione di capitale umano (CISUS), University of Salerno (Italy)
  • Survey "Analysis of data on tourism, historical and natural significance of the role of Villa San Michele, socio-cultural characteristics of the visitors to the Museum Villa San Michele by Axel Munthe", in collaboration with the Fondazione San Michele, Laboratorio di ricerca e formazione avanzata in Statistica (STATLAB), University of Salerno (Italy)
  • Research Program "Osservatorio Regionale Sistema Universitario Campano", University of Salerno (Italy)

Editorial activity

  • July 2013 - January 2015

Guest and Action Network Editor of the Network Science journal, Cambridge University Press, Special issue "Networks in space and in time: methods and applications", Network Science, 3 (1), 2015 (in collaboration with L. De Benedictis, and S. Wasserman).

  • Reviewer for the international journals
  • Journal of Applied Statistics
  • Network Science
  • Quality and Quantity
  • Scientometrics
  • Social Networks 
  • Statistical Methods and Applications