I am 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.
One stream of my work examines the political and psychological consequences of economic crises and inequality. I explore how (negative) emotions and psychological reactions to the economic context influence political behavior (i.e. political participation and vote choice) and policy preferences (e.g. redistribution and immigration attitudes). I combine original survey experiments from France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States with analysis of survey data from advanced industrial societies, which I link to contextual socio-economic indicators.
In another stream of my research I explore identity and political representation, with a special interest in sexual orientation and gender identity. I examine how LGBT and HIV+ candidates perform in elections and how LGBT issues influence voting behavior. I also study gender and representation with 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.