I am an Associate Professor at Bocconi University, where I also serve as the stream lead on Democracy, Solidarity, and Governance in Europe within the Bocconi Lab for European Studies (BLEST). In 2023, I joined the Bocconi Equal Opportunities Committee.
I hold a PhD in Constitutional Law from the Università degli Studi di Milano and a JD in Law from Bocconi. Before joining Bocconi, I was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at Fordham Law School (NY). I have spent research and teaching periods at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I was a visiting fellow in 2019 and at Washington University in St. Louis, where I taught an elective course on 'Constitutional Adjudication in a Comparative Perspective' within the JD program.
My latest piece Sociological foundations of constitutions will be out soon in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford, OUP).
I’m currently interested in pursuing multidisciplinary research and I'm running as principal investigator a Fondazione Cariplo project, titled Aligning Law with Family Arrangements: Non-traditional Families’ Contribution to Fertility and Parenting in Italy (ALFA).
I participate as co-pi to other funded projects related to the protection of fundamental rights. The latest one is COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) project on Global Digital Human Rights, aimed at advancing the protection of fundamental rights in the digital era. Check it out here: https://gdhrnet.eu/
I do research on constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law. I’m interested in the interplay between political and judicial recognition of fundamental rights. Therefore, I explored arguments put forward by constitutional and supreme courts to justify the recognition of rights in a comparative perspective. I’ve applied my methodological approach to the migrants’ rights as well as to women’s rights. More recently, I’ve focused my research on social foundations of constitutional rules also by exploring constitutional cultures.
What's wrong with depoliticizationEuropean Law Open
A material understanding of constitutional changes. Revisiting ‘constitutional maintenance’ doctrinesThe Cambridge handbook on the material constitution, 2023
Sovereignty-based arguments and the European asylum system: searching for a European constitutional moment?EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MIGRATION AND LAW, 2020
Measuring cosmopolitanism in Europe: standards of judicial scrutiny over the recognition of rights to non-citizensCAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW, 2014
I teach comparative public law and elective courses of advanced constitutional law. In my teaching I explore the recognition of fundamental rights in both theoretical and historical perspective. In 2016, I’ve created the course Citizenship and Migration Law, while in 2020 I’ve contributed to the development of the course Gender Law and Women’s Rights as part of a broader commitment to advancing diversity awareness. My experience in teaching and researching on socially debated topics is condensed in a co-taught course on Methodology in legal research where I explore, along with other colleagues, the challenges of doing research in a multidisciplinary fashion.