Between 2013 and 2018, my main research activity revolved around the doctoral dissertation, which I wrote at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence under the supervision of Rainer Bauböck. I completed my research in April 2018: The politics of regional citizenship. Explaining variation in the right to health care for undocumented immigrants across Italian regions, Spanish autonomous communities, and Swiss cantons. I presented the first findings of my thesis in an article entitled 'The Regional Battleground: Partisanship as a Key Driver of the Subnational Contestation of Citizenship', published on Ethnopolitics in March 2019.
In the course of my doctorate I have benefited from visiting fellowships at Fondazione ISMU, Milan, Italy (2017); Collegio Carlo Alberto and FIERI, Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull'Immigrazione, Turin, Italy (2016-2017); University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2016); Department of Political Science of McGill University, Canada (2015); and Scottish Centre for Constitutional Change of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2014).
In parallel to my dissertation, I have also been working as a research affiliate for GLOBALCIT at the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence. My main responsibility is managing the database Conditions for Electoral Rights, which we designed to facilitate the comparative analysis of the practice of voting, standing as candidate, and the regulation of mechanisms that enable different groups of individuals to participate in political processes within and across states. I presented the database in an article written together with my friends and colleagues Sam Schmid and Jean-Thomas Arrighi. The article is entitled 'Non-universal suffrage: measuring electoral inclusion in contemporary democracies', published on European Political Science in March 2019.
I believe scholars should engage with debates outside the academia My essays have been published on openDemocracy, LSE Europp blog, LSE British Politics and Policy blog, and Unimondo and my research has appeared on The Guardian and Radio France International.
I serve as a reviewer for two academic journals: International Migration and Citizenship Studies.
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