Ph.D. CANDIDATE IN SECURITY STUDIES
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
University of Central Florida


EXPERTISE

Civil-Military Relations in Humanitarian Operations
Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime
Humanitarian Logistics and Coordination
Intelligence in Emergency Management
International Security Cooperation
Multi-actor Coordination in Disaster Response
North and Latin American Politics
U.S. Homeland Security


BIOGRAPHY

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida.

My expertise lies in the intersection between human security, emergency management, global governance, and crisis management policy. I have proven experience in multi-method research, spatial analysis, and investigation of complex issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

My dissertation addresses the role of institutions when responding to disasters. Specifically, how they shape civil-military humanitarian coordination at the international level and local-federal coordination at the national level in the US when disasters occur. My research also focuses on intelligence in crisis responses, international security cooperation, and counterterrorism measures.

I have worked in fast-paced, multicultural, and self-driven environments which explains my experience as an analyst in different sectors. In the private sector, I developed an acute business-oriented mindset and ability to negotiate strategic partnerships. In the not-for-profit world, I have grown organizational and communication skills. As a volunteer for the UN, I gained firsthand experiences about its functioning while being involved in the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements negotiated in informal and formal settings.

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where I earned my B.A. in Political Science for Cooperation and Development and M.A. cum laude in International Relations both at Università degli Studi Roma Tre. I first moved to the US in 2015 where I studied at NYU obtaining with excellent results the Certificate in Global Affairs.

I speak three languages – English, Italian, and Spanish – and I can easily understand French and Portuguese. I am currently learning Quechua. I received training from multiple entities, including the UN, US FEMA, and Johns Hopkins University. My articles and analysis have been published in several outlets, including, among others, The Conversation US, Il Giornale, Florida Political Chronicle, Il Caffe’ Geopolitico, and the online journal of the Observatory Foundation for the Culture of Security. I have been invited as guest speakers at several events, discussing topics in the field of humanitarian affairs, emergency management, and cybersecurity.