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Biography

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne, and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute 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 Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies (2012-2014) and an Ambizione Fellowship at the University of Lucerne (2017-2019).

My academic interests center on the interplay between voters, political parties and leaders in democratic elections. My current research project, funded by an Eccellenza Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2020-2024), focuses on affective polarization and its electoral consequences, with a particular emphasis on negative voting in comparative and longitudinal perspective.

I currently serve in the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES) and in the Steering Committee of the brand-new Consortium of National Election Studies (CNES).