Welcome to my site! I am a Program Director at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, I was the Associate Director of the Ostrom Workshop and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science and Law at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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.
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.
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