Full Professor of Political Science, University of Siena (since 2007)
PhD Political Science (Florence, 1995). Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Siena, (1996-1999). Assistant Professor , University of Bologna, Faculty of Political Sciences II (Forlì) (1999-2001). Secretary of the Italian Political Science Association (2001-2004).
Visiting fellowships: St Antony’s college, University of Oxford (2005-2006), Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschungm Cologne (2007), Université de Montreal (2009), Australian National University (2011). Dean of the faculty of political sciences, University of Siena (2009-2012).
Past or current member of the Editorial Board of the journals Polis, European Political Science, Journal of Legislative Studies, Southern European Society and Politics. Chief Editor, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica (2010-).
Current Interests: Empirical Analysis of the political Elites in Italy and Europe, Budgetary Politics in Italy and USA, European Parliament and the political class.