I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
I study comparative politics and the political economy of advanced capitalist countries drawing heavily from the political behavior literature developed by students of American politics.
My current research stems from a long standing interest in the social and political processes behind the emergence, expansion and transformation of what T.H.Marshall called “social rights.” In my dissertation, which received the 2016 Mancur Olson Prize Best Dissertation award, I examine changes in mass attitudes toward redistributive social policies in advanced capitalist economies. More specifically, I study the impact of changing individual and contextual economic conditions, policy design and elite-level framing on individual-level support for social policies, income redistribution and government intervention.
My other research interests include the study of American politics in a comparative perspective, with a focus on the political consequences of growing income inequality and the analysis of social policy reform, especially in Continental Europe. In the past, I have also done research in the UK and France on state policy towards Muslim minorities.
Regarding research methodology, I am interested in best practices for the study of causal relationships that play out on the medium to long run. In my work, I rely on observational and experimental data to address the holy grail of social science, namely the relationship between macro phenomena and individual-level behavioral patterns (one famous attempt is Coleman's bathtub graph reproduced here).
Before moving to the US, I did my undergraduate and master's degrees at Sciences-po in Paris where I graduated with an M.A in Political Science (with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies). I spent my third year at the University of Chicago, an experience that introduced me to the world of American academia. Soon enough I was back in the US, this time for a PhD.