Current Courses 

Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences

Course type: B.A. lecture, University of Essex
Duration: Fall Term, 2015-16 / 2016-17 / 2018-19
Details: Syllabus

The course provides the basics of the philosophy and theory of social science, its structure and procedures. It also tackles questions such as 'what is a research design?' and 'how does one conduct a rigorous empirical social study?'


Comparative Political Analysis

Course type: B.A. lecture, University of Essex
Duration: Spring Term, 2014-15 / 2015-16 / 2016-17 / 2017-18 / 2018-19
Details: Syllabus

The course provides an introduction into the main strategies of comparative empirical analysis in political science. It teaches the necessary analytical foundations that applied researchers use to conduct empirical work such as basic notions of experiments and the assumptions of observational studies.


Environmental Politics

Course type: B.A./M.A. seminar, University of Essex
Duration: Fall Term, 2016-17 / 2018-19
Details: Syllabus

The course focuses on the domestic and comparative politics of the environment, and considers the issues of natural resource provision at various levels of political behavior and organization, starting with individual-level values before moving up to environmental movements, interest groups, political parties, governments, and finally international organizations.

Past Courses

Quantitative Methods in International Relations

Course type: M.A. seminar, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe
Duration: Spring Term, 2015-16
Details: Syllabus

This is a quantitative reasoning course meant to provide students with a thorough introduction to the use of statistical methodology in the empirical study of international relations. It combines hands-on statistical training in R and applied learning of modern IR literature.

The International Politics of Climate Change

Course type: B.A. seminar, University of Konstanz
Duration: Winter Semester, 2012-13
Details: Syllabus

The course provides an introduction to concepts and perspectives employed within the international political debates on climate change. It first focuses on the international policies that help addressing this global environmental problem, and then tackles countries' interests, positions and strategies at international climate change negotiations.

Politics and Economics of International Energy

Course type: M.A. Seminar, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe (Teaching Assistant)
Duration: Winter Semester, 2008-09
Details: Syllabus 

The course provides students with the critical knowledge and skills to analyze the extenalities of economic growth and energy use on a global scale. It specifically focuses on the forces behind energy policy and the interests of industrial, financial and political actors internationally.

Mentored Students 

University of Essex

PhD students:

Christoph Dworschak (2017-ongoing)

Masters students (active collaborators and co-authoring supervisees):

Héctor Hermida Rivera (2015-2016)
Vittoria Franchina (2016)

Bachelors students (Hon. thesis advisees and research assistants):

Lucrezia Periotto (2017-2018)
Sarah Bintu Sakor (2015-2016)