I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. 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 in the American Political Science Review and in Electoral Studies.
My research lies at the intersection of political economy and political psychology. I am interested in how economic inequality and anxiety affect perceptions of group membership, and how these changing perceptions in turn shape public opinion, policy preferences, and political behavior.
My dissertation, titled Inequality, Immigrants, and Selective Solidarity, explores how economic inequality affects preferences and behavior in support of redistribution to native citizens and immigrants. I combine original survey and conjoint experiments conducted in France, Italy and the United States with analysis of survey data from advanced capitalist democracies. In previous work, I investigated how anger about the economic crisis influenced support for populist parties.
My research also focuses on identity and political representation. I have conducted analysis on LGBT candidates; comparative audit experiments on gender and representation; and analysis of the 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 research. Before my Ph.D., I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Milan and an M.A. from the University of Bologna.