I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. 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 or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review and in Electoral Studies.
I am interested in how economic anxiety and inequality affect perceptions of group membership, and how these changing perceptions in turn shape public opinion, policy preferences, and political behavior. I use a wide a range of methodological tools, with a particular interest in experimental and quantitative methods.
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. 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 sub-national socio-economic indicators. In previous work, I have investigated how anger about the economic crisis has influenced political participation and support for populist parties.
My research also focuses on identity and political representation. I have conducted analysis on LGBT and HIV+ candidates; comparative audit experiments on gender and representation; and analysis of the behavior and 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 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.