I am PhD candidate in Political Science at 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.
I am interested in, broadly, public opinion, political behavior, and populism, and specifically in the consequences of financial and economic literacy. In my dissertation, I investigate how financial and economic literacy affects public opinion. Furthermore, I am interested in the effects of different crises (e.g. financial, Eurozone, refugee) on public support for democratic institutions and on public opinion in general, and in the types of social and economic policies that governments pursue when faced with crisis conditions.
Since April 2020 I have been working 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).