About

aygkEpyD_400x400I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Previously, I was 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, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and the European Political Science Review. I have also written for The Washington Post, Politico and The New Republic. And my work has been covered by, or I have provided commentary to, The New York Times, The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, NBC News and Reuters, among others.

My research explores how social context and group identities influence political preferences, behavior and representation in the U.S. and in comparative perspective. I am interested in the factors that shape community, political inclusion, and solidarity in advanced democracies.

One stream of my work examines how economic inequality and hardship affect social identities and influence public opinion and voting behavior. I investigate the effect of economic disparity on preferences for redistribution, immigration attitudes, and support for right-wing political actors.

In another stream I study the representation of minority groups with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. Most of my work centers on the representation of LGBTQ individuals and the experiences of LGBTQ candidates. Other work focuses on women and candidates with chronic health conditions.

My research has been supported by the Haas Fund Fellowship and the Royster Society of Fellows. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018.  Before my Ph.D., I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Milan and an M.A. from the University of Bologna.