About me

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I am an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami.

I hold a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and an MA in Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2015-16 I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (Princeton University)

My research interests cover a broad range of topics at the intersection between International Relations, Security Studies and Comparative Politics: civil war dynamics (in particular civil war alliances), counterinsurgency, civilian victimization and terrorism, coercion theory, non-violent resistance, natural resources and conflict, and the psychology of preventive war.

My ongoing book project (Wars Within Wars: Understanding Inter-rebel Fighting) explains why and under what circumstances rebel groups pitted against a common enemy (the government) sometimes fight each other.

My academic and policy pieces have been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict ResolutionMiddle East PolicyParametersThe National Interest, The Washington Post, The African Security Review and The International Spectator.

I previously worked as research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group in Washington, DC.

I was born and raised in Italy, where I lived until I graduated from college. In my free time I spearfish, play tennis and squash, and read philosophy of science.

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