Research

Research interests

  • Substantive: political behaviour, political psychology, electoral and referendum campaigns, public opinion and the media, political communication, political ideology
  • Methodological: experimental designs (lab, online and survey experiments), regression discontinuity designs, surveys (including panel surveys and time-series), content analysis and automated tecniques of text analysis

Research in progress

  • “Choosing the risky option. Information and risk propensity in referendum campaigns”
  • “Trust your (Republican) President. Partisan and ideological asymmetries in government’s support” (with John Jost and Vishal Singh)
  • “Filtering out the bias: the effect of digital television on voting behaviour in Italy”

Projects

  • 2016 Media Pluralism Monitor, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Institute (from February 2016)
  • Europe-wide online voting advice application (EUandI), directed by Alexander Trechsel (EUI) in cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University (November 2013-June2014)

Invited talks and conferences

  • “Risk propensity and referendum campaigns”: EPOP Annual Conference (Canterbury, 2016), Aarhus University (October 2016)
  • “Brexit referendum and the media”: Summer School for Journalists and Media practitioners organised by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Institute, July 2016; University of Warwick (October 2016)
  • “The polarizing effect of negative campaigning: Evidence from the 2015 UK elections”: EPSA Annual Conference (Brussels, June 2016); MPSA Annual Conference (Chicago, April 2016); Political Psychology Conference (Amsterdam, December 2015)
  • “Voting under uncertainty: the effect of information in the campaign for the Scottish independence referendum”: EPSA Annual Conference (Vienna, June 2015), NYU Political Economy Graduate Seminar (NYC, April 2015)
  • “Rationally motivated voters: information processing and attitude formation in a referendum campaign”: GSDS Symposium University of Konstanz (May, 2016), MPSA Annual conference (Chicago, April 2015)
  • “Shaping voting intentions: An experimental study on the role of information in the Scottish independence referendum”: University of Edinburgh, School of Economics (September 2014), ECPR Annual Conference (Glasgow, September 2014), ISPP Annual Conference (Rome, July 2014, with Cèline Colombo)
  • Social Media and Political Participation Conference, Discussant (NYU Florence, May 2013)

Teaching

  • University of Dusseldorf (November 2106), Block seminar on Political Psychology for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • EUI teacher training (January, 2016)
    Four-day full-time training dedicated to practices and theories of teaching at university level
  • LUISS University (Rome, November 2015), “Quantitative content analysis: theoretical and empirical challenges”. Guest lecture as part of the course on ‘Methods of research in social Science’ by Professor Lorenzo de Sio
  • LUISS University (Rome, November 2015), “Understanding media effects. Evidence from political psychology”. Guest lecture as part of the course on ‘Public Opinion and Political Behaviour’ by Professor Lorenzo de Sio

Comments are closed.