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I am a Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security at the Center for Security Studies of ETH-Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich).

I am originally from Turin, Italy. I have a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Turin (summa cum laude), an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. In 2015-2016, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding of Dartmouth College.

I am a proud alumnus of the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies of Columbia University; of the Empirical Implication of Theoretical Models (EITM) summer school, which I attended at the Harris School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago, and of the International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI) of the Bridging The Gap Project at the American University. 

My research interests include security studies, political economy of national security, diffusion of military innovations, and asymmetric warfare. With my book project I investigate the challenges related to imitation, industrial espionage and reverse engineering of military technology. In support of my doctoral research, in 2013, I was awarded the Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship.

My teaching interests include research design, security studies, international relations and international political economy. In 2015, I received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University.

In the free time I read about neurobiology, history, and economics. I am a fan of Juventus, the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Cowboys.

In case you wonder, my co-author Andrea is also my identical twin brother. You can find him here. For a discussion on co-authors with the same last name, see this extensively researched study.


When I was at Northwestern, a student of mine committed suicide. Unfortunately, tragedies like these affect too many families, every year. Instead of helping young students who go through difficult times, many schools openly discriminate them, thus making their lives even more difficult (read this enraging and sad story). I am committed to help fight discrimination against people with mental illnesses. For more information, check the page of the National Institute of Mental Health