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 research has been published or is forthcoming in several academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science.

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 contexts and group identities influence political preferences and behavior. I am interested in the factors that shape political inclusion, solidarity and representation in western democracies.

One stream of my work examines how economic inequality and hardship affect preferences for redistribution, immigration attitudes, and vote for populist parties and candidates.

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 LGBTQ politicians and candidates with health conditions.

My research has been supported by the Haas Fund Fellowship and the Royster Society of Fellows. I received a Ph.D. in political science from UNC Chapel Hill, an M.A. from the University of Bologna, and a B.A. from the University of Milan.