Fall 2019 will mark the start of my fourth year in the PhD program in Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy with a major concentration in international relations and a minor concentration in comparative politics. I achieved candidacy on August 26, 2019. I also have an interest in political methodology and mixed methods approaches to studying political science and dabble here and there with spatial analysis and social network analysis.
My main research focus is on economic sanctions and foreign policy: how they work, when they do not work, sanctions busting, economic statecraft, and how economic sanctions fit into the broader frame of foreign policy decision-making, and how countries respond to and cope with sanctions. I also explore the foreign policy of international organizations (IOs) and how IOs affect international politics and economic sanctions with a particular focus on the European Union (EU).
In comparative politics, I have two regional interests: Southeast Asia and Italy.
Before arriving at the State University of New York at Albany, I received my Master of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University (2017) and a Master of Arts in government and politics from St. John’s University (2015) at their campus in Rome, Italy. In 2003, I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. I have also taken courses in macroeconomics, state and local government, and public administration at Oregon State University and the University of Dayton.
Besides political science, I have an interest in genealogy, Italian language, art, and translation, history, photography, music (I play the flute, recorder, and piano), and traveling. Since 2005, I have operated a popular blog on Italian language that evolved into a small publishing company. Since 2014, we have published five Italian language guides and, time permitting, plan to publishing several more.
- Sanctions and economic statecraft
- Foreign policy of the United States and foreign policy analysis
- Political methodology, qualitative methods, mixed methods
- Politics and international relations of Southeast Asia
- Italian politics