I am Associate Professor of Political Science at the Departiment of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Bologna and currently the Editor in Chief of the Italian Political Science Review. I hold a laurea (BA) from the University of Florence (faculty of Political Sciences “Cesare Alfieri”), and a PhD in Comparative and European Politics from the University of Siena. My main research interests are in the territorial aspects of politcal competition, in party politics, political élites and legislative behaviour.
I have been a visiting scholar at the Centre de Politique Comparée, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), at the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine and at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales, Fundación Juan March, Madrid.
My recent publications include Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement. Organisation, Communication and Ideology (Routledge, 2015) and Politica in Italia. I fatti dell'anno e le interpretazioni. Edizione 2018 (Il Mulino, 2018). My work has also been published in journals like Government & Opposition, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Party Politics, Regional & Federal Studies, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, South European Society and Politics, West European Politics.