I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My primary subfield is Comparative Politics and my minor is Political Methodology. I am interested in how economic anxiety and inequality affect perceptions of group membership, and how these changing perceptions in turn shape political behavior and policy preferences. I use a wide a range of methodological tools, with a particular interest in experimental and quantitative methods. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review and in Electoral Studies.
My dissertation, titled Inequality, Immigrants, and Selective Solidarity, explores how economic inequality affects preferences and behavior in support of redistribution toward native citizens vs. immigrants in OECD countries. I propose a micro-level causal mechanism based on perceptions of social mobility and deservingness considerations. I combine original survey and conjoint experiments conducted in Italy, France and the United States with statistical analysis of survey data from OECD countries, which I link to national and subnational socio-economic indicators. My dissertation has been supported by the EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship. In previous work, I have investigated how anger about the economy influences political participation and support for populist parties.
My research also focuses on identity and political representation. I have conducted analysis of the electoral success of LGBT and HIV+ candidates; comparative audit experiments on gender and representation in Europe and Latin America; and analysis of the behavior and personality of career politicians. See my research page to find out more.
In 2017, I was selected to join UNC’s Royster Society of Fellows, a competitive interdisciplinary program that honors a small number of graduate students for the significance of their dissertation research. Before coming to UNC, I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Milan and an M.A. from the University of Bologna.