I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy of the University of Toronto and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, working with Peter Loewen. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle.
I hold a Bachelor of International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University (Italy), a Master of Science in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh, a Master in Public Policy and Social Change from the Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy), and an MA in Political Science from the University of Washington. My general fields of interest are comparative politics, comparative and international political economy, and political methodology.
I am interested in how different transformations to society, including those resulting from trade, immigration, and automation, affect democracy, politics, and policies. The guiding question of my postdoctoral research is how globalization and technology are changing governance and politics, in particular I intend to assess how people weigh different trade-offs when evaluating automation and policy responses to it. I also investigate how financial and economic literacy affects economic policy preferences (including those on immigration, trade, EU membership, and price controls): Check out this podcast where I discuss my dissertation project on financial and economic literacy. Moreover, my work addresses the effects of different crises and of foreign-imposed conditionality on public opinion (support for democratic institutions) and voting behavior (support for populism and for anti-immigration parties) across different countries.
From April 2020 to June 2021 I worked as a research assistant on the UW Covid-19 State Policy Project, led by Chris Adolph and John Wilkerson. We collected daily data on social distancing policies in response to COVID-19 in the US. Furthermore, we are also working on several manuscripts where we analyze what factors determine different social distancing policies and mask adoption at the state level.
Finally, in a recent project with my co-author Morgan Wack, we build a unique dataset of over 6,000 player-year observations from the Italian Serie A, and we report evidence of racial biases from both fans and officials in the Italian football league.
Outside of academia I love football/soccer (I am a big Juventus fan), watching (and rarely playing) all kinds of sports, traveling, reading, binge-watching TV series, food (both cooking and eating), and dogs.