Fall 2019 will mark the start of my fourth year in the PhD program in Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York (UAlbany) at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy with a major concentration in international relations and a minor concentration in comparative politics. I also have an interest in political methodology and mixed methods approaches to studying political science as well as spatial analysis and social network analysis.
My research focuses 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 framework of foreign policy decision-making, and how countries respond to and cope with sanctions. I also explore the foreign policy of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and how IGOs affect international politics and economic sanctions, particularly the European Union (EU).
I have taught/teach courses on American Foreign Policy, International Organization, Research and Writing, and Introduction to American Politics. I will post the syllabi for my courses in the coming weeks.
In comparative politics, I have two regional interests: Southeast Asia and Italy.
- 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
Interests outside political science:
Besides political science, I have an interest in genealogy, Italian language, art, and translation, history, photography, music (I play the flute, recorder, and piano), traveling, and web design. 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 on publishing several more.