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Biography

I am an SNSF Eccellenza Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne, and also a recurring Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Fiesole. I studied at the Universities of Rome Sapienza (BA, MSc), Leiden (MA), Oxford and Siena (PhD). After my doctoral studies, I held a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute (2012-2014) and an SNSF Ambizione Fellowship at the University of Lucerne (2017-2019).

My ongoing research project titled “The Rise of Negative Voting” is funded by an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2020-2024). Together with my team, we investigate the extent to which an increasingly confrontational style of campaigning and political communication—and the rise of negative identifications in a context of partisan dealignment and strong political personalization—could all be driving a distinctive form of negatively-driven voting behavior.

I currently serve as founding convenor of the ECPR Research Network on Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES).