How to make empirical and theoretical research “cross-fertilize”? What can political theorists contribute in interdisciplinary research? And how should they react when their ideas are ‘misused’ in politics? Miriam Ronzoni, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester, accepted to share her views on these and other questions during her stay as Corti Fellow of the Ethics Centre of the University of Zurich. The interview took place at the University of Zurich on April 28, 2016. It is a contribution to our 2015-2016 events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms.” Interview and jingle by Alice el-Wakil. Music “Sunday Lovers” by Monday Night Fever.