Welcome to my personal website!
I work as an Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in the Istituto di Scienze Umane located in Florence, since September 2015.
My research lays at the intersection of media and politics. So far, I did research on the perceptions of the journalistic profession in local newsrooms, on activist media practices in precarious workers’ mobilizations, on the use of social media during electoral campaigns, on Occupy Wall Street and, from a comparative perspective, I also did some work on current movements of the crisis. I also study the political organization of temporary, precarious workers and the creation of alternative system of meanings related to labour market flexibility.
At the Scuola Normale Superiore, I work as the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research through the grant S.I.R. – Scientific Independence of young Researchers.
Since 2013, I am a Research Fellow of the Centre on Social Movement Studies – COSMOS at the European University Institute till October 2015 and now hosted by the Scuola Normale Superiore. There, I am completing a research on social movement and civil society actors struggling against corruption and organized crime, mostly in Italy so far, in the framework of the ANTICORRP project, funded by the European Commission.
In September 2013, I co-directed the first ECPR/COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization that I co-directed again in September 2015.
Together with activists and scholars from all over the world, I am a co-editor in Interface, a journal for and about social movements, an open-access online publication. Since 2014, I am also part of the editorial board of Partecipazione e Conflitto – Participation and Conflict, an open-access International Journal based in Italy specialized in social and political studies.
From 2011 to 2015 I served as co-convener of the Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), in which I am now serving as one of the members of the Steering Committee. I participate in the activities of the research group New Media and On-line Politics based at the Istituto Carlo Cattaneo.
From January 2011 to December 2012, I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. I have a Master of Research and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, where I discussed my thesis in 2009. I graduated in Communication Sciences (Mass Communication) at the University of Padua, in 2003.