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. My work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Politico and The New Republic, and has been cited in the Washington Post and FiveThirtyEight, among others.

My research explores how group membership and identity influence political preferences, behavior and representation in advanced democracies. I am especially interested in the factors that shape political inclusion and elicit inclusionary vs. exclusionary attitudes.

One stream of my work examines how economic anxiety and inequality influence political behavior, solidarity, and attitudes toward native citizens and immigrants. To do so, I explore how economic factors affects individuals’ political emotions and beliefs about fairness and meritocracy.

In another stream I study the representation of minority groups with a special emphasis on sexual orientation and gender identity. Most of my work centers on LGBTQ candidates and LGBTQ voters. 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.