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Biography

I’m a Max Weber Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute, in Fiesole. I was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Florence, and the Department of Political Science of LUISS University, Rome. I’m also a fellow of the Centre on Social Movements Studies at SNS, and a research affiliate of the Italian Institute for Public Policy Analysis, Rome.

I got a PhD in Political Science in 2013 from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, in Florence, and I previously studied Methodology and Empirical Research for the Social Sciences (MA, Università di Firenze) and Sociology (BA, Università di Trento). I was visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California (USA), and at the Department of Sociology, Universiteit Utrecht (NL).

My main research interests lie in the intersection between political science and sociology. I’m interested in civic and political behaviour, public opinion, and democracy. I study the contextual patterns and changes in political participation; the dynamics of participation over the life course; the reproduction of participatory behaviours within families and patterns of political socialisation; youth politics; attitudes and orientations towards democracy; quality of democracy; and the consequences of changes in the economy for political behaviour and opinion. I’ve been part of several research projects on quality of democracy, political participation, public opinion, and collection of survey data.

Find more on my website.