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


Expertise

Topics
Civil-Military Humanitarian Coordination

Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness
Geopolitics of Human-caused Disasters
Homeland Security and Institutions
Intelligence in Emergency Management

Geographical Areas
North and Latin American Politics

Applications
Data Gathering and Analysis
Spatial Analysis for Crisis Assessment


Biography

Where I Am At – I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies and Graduate Teaching Assistant at UCF.

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

My Research – I am currently researching how to strengthen civil-military humanitarian coordination at the international level by looking at the role of the United Nations and how to consolidate local-federal coordination in emergency response operations in the US with special attention given to the US Territories.

Experience & Accomplishments – 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 have grown organizational and communication skills. Then, volunteering for the UN gave me a firsthand experience about its functioning while being involved in the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements negotiated in informal and formal settings.

My Academic Background – I was born and raised in Rome where I earned my BA in Political Science for Cooperation and Development and MA cum laude in International Relations – Peace, War, and Security 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.

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 UN, US FEMA, and Johns Hopkins University. My articles and analysis have been published in several outlets, including, among others, The Conversation, InsideOver, Florida Political Chronicle, Il Caffe’ Geopolitico, and the online journal of the Observatory Foundation for the Culture of Security.

What’s Next? – Upon graduation, expected in Summer 2021, I look forward to involving in the public policy world. Indeed, working for national or international entities involved in emergency and crisis management and/or national and international security, as an analyst, emergency manager, policy advisor, or research associate represents a natural continuation of my academic and professional career built so far.