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


  • 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

  • “Choosing the risky option: Information and risk propensity in referendum campaigns”: EPOP Annual Conference (Canterbury, September 2016); Aarhus University (October 2016); Copenhagen University (March 2017); ISPP Annual Conference (Edinburgh, July 2017)
  • “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)


  • 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

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