I am a Reader in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a member of the Warwick Q-Step Centre. I joined PAIS as Assistant Professor in 2014. Previously, I was British Academy postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I received a PhD in Economics in 2011 and an MSc in Economics in 2007 from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have held teaching and research appointments at the University of Essex, the University of Genoa, the University of Naples "Federico II", the University of Venice, IMT Lucca and Sciences Po, Paris. In my pre-academic life, I served as an officer in the Italian Navy, principally working in anti-submarine warfare. For more information see my CV.
My current research broadly falls into six areas: 1) civil wars and military intervention, in particular peacekeeping operations; 2) the political economy of authoritarian regimes; 3) civil-military relations; 4) international migration and economic development; 5) cultural diversity and conflict; and 6) the economic costs of war. My research has been supported by grants from the AXA Research Fund, the British Academy, the Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Swedish Research Council. More details about my research interests and activities can be found on my Research page and my ReaserchGate profile.