Pierluigi Contucci

Professor of Mathematical Physics 
Dipartimento di Matematica 
Università di Bologna

Pierluigi Contucci is Visiting Professor of Mathematics at NYU Shanghai. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, and a Laurea from Sapienza – Università di Roma.

Professor Contucci’s research interests are Mathematical Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and its applications. His books include Perspectives on Spin Glasses (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His work has appeared in Communications in Mathematical PhysicsJournal of Statistical Physics,Annales Henri PoincarePhysical Review LettersNature Scientific Reports, and others. He also writes on scientific debates of public interest in magazines like Vanity Fair (Italy) and Il Mulino.

Professor Contucci is a Member of the Istituto Cattaneo. In 2000 he received the Schloessman Award from the Max Planck Society.

Research Interests

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems
  • Applications of Statistical Mechanics to the Socio-Economic Sciences


  • Ph.D., Mathematics
    International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, 1994
  • M.S., Mathematical Physics
    International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, 1991
  • Laurea, Physics
    University “La Sapienza,” Rome, 1989