I am a Reader in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a member of the Warwick Q-Step Centre. I joined PAIS as Assistant Professor in 2014. Previously, I was British Academy postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I received a PhD in Economics in 2011 and an MSc in Economics in 2007 from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have held teaching and research appointments at the University of Essex, the University of Genoa, IMT Lucca and Sciences Po, Paris. In my pre-academic life, I served as an officer in the Italian Navy, principally working in anti-submarine warfare.
My current research broadly falls into six areas: 1) civil wars and military intervention, in particular peacekeeping operations; 2) the political economy of authoritarian regimes; 3) civil-military relations; 4) international migration and economic development; 5) cultural diversity and conflict; and 6) the economic costs of war. My research has been supported by grants from the AXA Research Fund, the British Academy and the Folke Bernadotte Academy.