Before joining KCL in 2018 as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Political Economy, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the London School of Economics (LSE). I obtained a PhD (2017) and MA (2012) in Political Economy from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). I obtained a BA in Social Science (2009) from Università degli studi di Firenze (UNIFI). Throughout the years, I also worked as a consultant for international organisations, including UNICEF and the European Commission.
My interdisciplinary research offers a political sociology angle to the study of political violence, discrimination, and democratic stability. I seek to understand how divisive experiences shape patterns of political attitudes, possibly affecting between-groups resource allocation. More specifically, I focus on the role of social institutions such as education and the military service, as well as unexpected events such as terrorist or health crises, in driving long and short term political polarization. I address these challenges combining different approaches including descriptive analysis of observational data, natural experiments, and game theory.
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