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Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies, University of Central Florida

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs and Research Assistant at the Resilient, Intelligent, and Energy Systems Cluster at the University of Central Florida.

Disasters are political, and they require an interdisciplinary approach to investigate their triggers, management, and mitigation. As a disaster scientist, I research how to improve vulnerable communities’ disaster resilience by tailoring emergency management plans to local specificities, overcoming environmental injustice with low-income housing relocation, and strengthening energy security via sources diversification.

It sounds easy to accomplish on paper but less in the real world, right? That is why my studies always include three key elements: In-the-field data collection, recommendations for policymakers, and cost-benefit analysis so my policy recommendations can better advocate for themselves.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies, University of Central Florida

Education

  • 2015 
    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, MA cum laude in International Relations
  • 2015 
    Certificate in Global Affairs, New York University
  • 2012 
    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, BA in Political Science for Cooperation and Development

Publications

  • 2021
    Florida as a COVID-19 Epicenter: Exploring the Role of Institutions in the State’s Response, International Journal of Public Administration
  • 2019
    Rethinking Leadership: Women Commanders, Rebel-Groups and Sexual Violence against Civilians – Cases of Colombia and Sierra Leone, Florida Political Chronicle

Professional Memberships

  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Florida Political Science Association
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society