I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame. I specialize in comparative politics with a focus on comparative judicial politics. My dissertation research examines the conditions under which effective judicial prosecution of political corruption and organized crime occurs, specifically focusing on the prosecution of Italian political corruption. In addition, my research focuses on the interaction between party systems and judicial politics. Outside of the European context, my research also explores the effect of interest group litigation on the U.S. Supreme Court decision-making process.
My research interests include the study of courts and judicial behavior, the study of corruption and the relationship between organized crime and politics. My regional expertise is in Western Europe, so my research interests also include a focus on party politics and political institutions in Western European countries.