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Biography

I joined King’s in 2020 as a lecturer in history and political economy. Before that, I worked as a program director at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2018-20) and as the associate director of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington (2015-18). I hold a BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Bologna, and a joint PhD/MA in Classics and Political Science from Stanford University.

I am the author of A Moral Political Economy: Present, Past and Future (Cambridge University Press 2021) and of Creating a Constitution: Law, Democracy and Growth in Ancient Athens (Princeton University Press 2019). My work has appeared in leading political science journals, including the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Perspectives on Politics, as well as popular outlets such as WIRED, The Economist and La Repubblica.

Teaching

  • The World Economy and its History (UG)
  • History and Political Economy: Methods and Issues (UG)
  • Institutions and Economic Development (PG)

Academic interests and PhD supervision

My research focuses on two interrelated topics: first, the development of political, legal, and economic institutions in pre-modern, citizen-centered governments; and second, the lessons that the emergence, configuration, and breakdown of such institutions hold for the theory and practice of institution building in the modern world. I will consider supervising students working on a range of different topics in the following broad fields:

  • Historical political economy
  • Institutional analysis and development