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 threats to democracy, including political violence, discrimination, and distrust. I seek to understand how divisive experiences shape 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 by combining different approaches including descriptive analysis of observational data, natural experiments, and game theory.
Here's my detailed CV.