PhD CANDIDATE IN SECURITY STUDIES
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
University of Central Florida


EXPERTISE

Civil-Military Humanitarian Coordination
Counterterrorism and Crisis Response
Emergency Management
Geopolitics of Disasters
Intelligence in Emergency Management
North and Latin American Politics


BIOGRAPHY

I am a PhD Candidate in Security Studies at UCF and Research Assistant at the UCF Kurdish Political Studies Program.

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

My research focuses on the role of institutions when responding to complex emergencies. Specifically, how they shape civil-military humanitarian coordination at the international level when the UN is involved and local-federal coordination at the US national level when disasters occur in the U.S. territories.

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 emergency management, humanitarian affairs, and security.

Upon graduation, expected in Summer 2021, I look forward to involving in the public policy world and working for national/international entities involved in emergency management and/or national and international security. Holding a position as an analyst, emergency manager, policy advisor, or research associate represents a natural continuation of my academic and professional career.