I was born in Piedmont, Italy. My hometown, Novi Ligure, is famous for producing focaccia, legendary cyclistsand chocolate
After getting my high school diploma in classical studies, in 2001 I moved to Milan to study economics at Bocconi University. 

After receiving a BA (2004) and an MSc (2006) in Economic, Statistic and Social Sciences from Bocconi, in 2007 I left Italy to pursue a PhD in Economics at Northwestern University. I received my degree on June 15, 2012.

From September 2012 to June 2016, I was an assistant professor at Georgetown University. In 2012-2013, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Politics, Princeton University. In 2015-2016, I was a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 

My primary area of interest is Political Economy. More specifically, I use game theory to study how different types of electoral 
and legislative institutions affect economic outcomes, information generation and transmission, political selection, and policy.