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


Biography

I am a PhD Student in Security Studies and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. With an extensive experience in emergency management, I am currently researching on how to strengthen civil-military humanitarian coordination at the international level and how to consolidate local-federal emergency responses in the United States. I have a strong expertise in multi-method research and GIS analysis, and a proven ability in investigating complex issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Committed social scientist, I am a Latinamericanist primarily focused on the Caribbean, North and Latin America.

The ability to work in fast-paced, multicultural, and self-driven environments, explains my working 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 about the functioning of the Organization while being involved in the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements negotiated in informal and formal settings.

As a GIS evangelist, I worked for the first Italian GIS Crowdmapping Workshop organized by the WARREDOC Center. Together with the WARREDOC Center, and under the patronage of UNESCO, I also worked as a GIS Analyst within the team that elaborated the first GIS digital map of the Italian World Heritage addressed to identify, assess, and forecast geological risks.

Born and raised in Rome, 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 the New York University obtaining with excellent results the Certificate in Global Affairs from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.