I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Pennsylvania currently in exchange at Stanford University. My research interests include comparative politics, quantitative methods and political economy.

In my research, I study the strategies used by criminal organizations to influence politicians, their capacity to drain public resources and the policies used to fight public funds misappropriation. My dissertation examines the conditions explaining the expansion of criminal organizations to strong states, focusing on states’ capacity to enforce political and economic competition and on mafias’ ability to reduce it by providing local actors with illegal resources.

Before graduate school, I worked as journalist in a tv network and as full time staff in an electoral campaign.

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