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. 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 fields of study are comparative politics, political economy, and political methodology.
My postdoctoral research mostly revolves around how technology and automation are changing governance and politics and how citizens respond to automation-related economic disruption. In general, I am interested in public opinion, political behavior, and populism. Check out this podcast where I discuss my dissertation project on how financial and economic literacy affects policy preferences. Moreover, I am interested in the effects of different crises (e.g. financial, Eurozone, refugee) on public support for democratic institutions, and in the types of social and economic policies that governments pursue when faced with crisis conditions.
From April 2020 to June 2021 I worked as a research assistant on the UW Covid-19 State Policy Project, led by Prof. Chris Adolph and Prof. John Wilkerson. We collect 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 at the state level.
Outside of academia I love soccer (I am a big Juventus fan), watching (and sometimes playing) all kinds of sports, traveling, reading, binge-watching TV series, and food (both cooking and eating).