About me

I am a tenured Assistant Professor in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) and Institute of Political Science.

Before joining Leiden University in February 2021, I held research and teaching positions at the University of Groningen, VU Amsterdam, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, and Maastricht University. I have also been a visiting researcher at Harvard University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Amsterdam. I obtained a PhD in International Relations from Maastricht University (2017).

I have recently concluded a two-year research project funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) by means of a Rubicon grant. The project was titled: “The More the Better? The Complementarity of Human Rights Reviewing Mechanisms in the United Nations”.

In the summer of 2020 I have served as an expert consultant to the United Nations High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI panel), writing a report on the use of peer review in financial integrity matters.

Prior to embarking in my doctoral trajectory, I obtained a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna, with a focus on Portuguese, Spanish, and English (2005; with highest honors); a MA in International Relations from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (2011; with highest honors), and a MA in European Studies from Maastricht University (2011; with highest honors). I also gained professional experience at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (2011-2012) and at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York (2012), focusing on UN Security Council affairs.

For more information on my education and professional experience, please visit my LinkedIn profile page.

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