Ph.D. CANDIDATE IN SECURITY STUDIES
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
EMERGENCY AND DISASTER POLICY SCHOLAR
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
University of Central Florida
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 combines political science, public policy, and security studies. Recently, I focused my research on the geopolitics of disasters, the role of institutions in emergency management, and the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups. I have proven experience in multi-method research, spatial analysis, and the investigation of complex issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
My dissertation addresses the role of institutions when responding to disasters. On one side, I investigate how institutions shape civil-military humanitarian coordination when responding to disasters in a third country. On the other, I explore how electoral competition in the governmental institutions affects local-federal coordination when a disaster occurs in territories of the United States.
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 the ability to negotiate strategic partnerships. In the not-for-profit world, I have grown organizational and communication skills. As a volunteer, I gained firsthand experiences about the United Nations’ functioning during 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.