I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. My work has been published in the American Political Science Review and Electoral Studies. My work has also appeared in the Washington Post and Politico and has been cited in the Washington Post.
My research explores how group membership and identity influence political preferences, behavior and representation in advanced democracies.
One stream of my work examines how economic anxiety and inequality influence policy preferences (especially toward redistribution and immigration), political participation, and voting behavior. To analyze the political effects of economic inequality, I consider how inequality affects citizens’ political emotions and beliefs about fairness, meritocracy and deservingness.
In another stream I focus on sexual orientation and gender identity, exploring the representation of women and LGBTQ individuals, LGBTI issues in elections, and changing attitudes toward LGBTI rights.
I study these topics combining statistical analysis of survey data and economic indicators with survey and audit experiments.
My research has been supported by the Haas Fund Fellowship and the Royster Society of Fellows. Before my Ph.D., I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Milan and an M.A. from the University of Bologna.