I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. My work has been published in the American Political Science Review and in Electoral Studies.
My research lies at the intersection of political economy and political psychology, with a focus on immigration, inequality, and redistribution. I explore how economic inequality and anxiety affect perceptions of group membership, and how these changing perceptions in turn shape preferences and behavior.
My dissertation, titled Inequality, Immigration, and Selective Solidarity, examines how citizens react to immigrants and the welfare state in times of growing economic inequality. I combine original survey and conjoint experiments conducted in France, Italy and the United States with analysis of survey data from advanced democracies, which I link to contextual socio-economic indicators. In previous work, I investigated how anger about the economic crisis influenced support for populist parties.
My research also explores identity and political representation. I have conducted analysis on LGBT candidates; comparative audit experiments on gender and representation; and analysis of the personality of career politicians. See my research page to find out more.
My research has been supported by the EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship and by UNC’s Royster Society of Fellows, a competitive interdisciplinary program that honors a small number of graduate students for the significance of their research. Before my Ph.D., I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Milan and an M.A. from the University of Bologna.