Francesca is a Ph.D candidate at the Faculty of Political and Social Science at Scuola Normale Superiore, in Florence. She is mainly interested in the theory and practice of political representation. In her Ph.D thesis, she focuses on the experience of populist parties in national parliaments in Italy and Spain, exploring their parliamentary behaviour, the processes of parliamentary socialization and their fulfilment of representation mandate. For her research, she privileges qualitative methods.
Francesca has studied international relations and political science at the university of Pisa (BA, 2013) and the University of Bologna (MA, 2016). In 2015 she spent one semester at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and 2 months at the University of Leiden. In 2019, she did her fieldwork in Spain and visited at the University of Barcelona.
Since 2016, Francesca is a consultant for the International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) for the Money in Politics global project.
Her PhD thesis is supervised by Manuela Caiani and Lorenzo Mosca
Political representation, populism, gender representation, gender and politics, party organization, party finance.