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


Expertise

Civil-Military Humanitarian Coordination
Emergency Management in Complex Emergencies
GIS Applications for Crisis Assessment
Human Security
Humanitarian Logistics
Intelligence in Emergency Management
North and Latin American Politics
United Nations Governance


Biography

Where I am at – I am a PhD Student in Security Studies and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at University of Central Florida.

What’s my expertise – My expertise focuses on the intersection between human security, emergency management, and global governance. I have a proven experience in multi-method research and spatial analysis, and ability in investigating complex issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

What I am researching about – I am a North-Latinamericanist social scientist. I am currently researching on how to strengthen civil-military humanitarian coordination at the international level and how to consolidate local-federal coordination in emergency response operations in the United States.

What I accomplished so far – I have worked in fast-paced, multicultural, and self-driven environments which explains my experience as an Analyst in different sectors. While working in the private sector, I developed an acute business-oriented mindset and ability to negotiate strategic partnerships. When serving in the not-for-profit world, I grown organizational and communication skills. Then, volunteering for the United Nations gave me a firsthand experience about the functioning of the Organization while being involved in the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements negotiated in informal and formal settings.

What project of those I worked for I am proud of – As a Geographic Information System (GIS) evangelist, I worked for the first Italian GIS Crowd-mapping Workshop organized by the WARREDOC Center. Together with the Center, and under the patronage of UNESCO, I also worked as a GIS Analyst within the team that elaborated the first digital map of the Italian World Heritage addressed to identify, assess, and forecast geological risks.

What’s my academic background – I was born and raised in Rome where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science for Cooperation and Development and Master’s Degree cum laude in International Relations – Peace, War and Security both at Università degli Studi Roma Tre. I firstly moved to the United States in 2015 where I studied at New York University obtaining with excellent results the Certificate in Global Affairs from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Something else? – 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 United Nations, National Model United Nations, and currently the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. My articles and analysis have been published in several outlets, including, among others, The Conversation, InsideOver, Il Caffe’ Geopolitico, National Model United Nations, and the online journal of the Observatory Foundation for the Culture of Security.