Professional and Biographical Information


PhD., The Ohio State University (2014)
MA, The Ohio State University (2009)
Laurea Magistrale, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna,  Forli (2007)
Laurea Triennale, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna,  Forli (2004)

Research Interests

My interests focus on international politics, with a special emphasis on security studies. My research sheds light on an unexplored puzzle: under what conditions do technological advancements influence the competition between both state and non-state actors to achieve their preferred political outcome in the international arena? Grasping the role of technological change challenges our understandings of how this competition unfolds and sheds light on the increasingly volatile nature of its outcomes. For example, in a recent publication, I investigate why rebel groups spend precious resources on using social media during conflict, arguing that the rapid pace of communication made possible by access to social media technology uniquely empowers these actors to reach out internationally for support against the government. My research aims at elucidating one crucial aspect of the contemporary international system, namely how, in a time and place when traditional inter-state conflict is perceived as less legitimate and effective, competition for the definition of the international political landscape has shifted to the dimension of technology (i.e., who gets to use social media, drones, cybertechnology, etc.). 

Teaching Interests

I teach classes on various aspects of the technology on international security, ranging from the impact of modern weapons on warfare to the impact of nuclear proliferation in relations among countries. 

In the class, I use multiple learning techniques, such as role-playing, simulations, case studies, and debates, to complement more traditional lecture and debate formats. I particularly enjoy supervising students’ research, both in the case of final papers and in the case of theses. I make it a priority to incorporate students into my research, working with several research assistants during the semester. I strive to structure research assistants’ activities so as to illustrate to them the different tasks involved in the craft of research: both the creative, theory-building component of research and the theory-testing one.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

“A Manifesto, in 140 Characters or Fewer: Social Media as a Tool of Rebel Diplomacy in the Libyan Civil War” with Benjamin T. Jones, First View, British Journal of Political Science. DOI: 10.1017/S0007123416000612   

“Keeping Vigil: The Emergence of Vigilance Committees in Pre-Civil War America" with Jonathan M. Obert, Perspectives on Politics, 16.3 (2018): 600--616 DOI: 10.1017/S153759271800107X

“Food Scarcity and State Vulnerability: Unpacking the Link Between Climate Variability and Violent Unrest” with Bear F. Braumoeller and Benjamin T. Jones, Journal of Peace Research, 54.3 (2017): 335--350. DOI: 10.1177/0022343316684662 

“(Nuclear) Change of Plans: What Explains Nuclear Reversals?” with Benjamin T. Jones  International Interactions, 42.3 (2016): 530--585. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2016.1115760 


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