Walk us through your resume: how did you get into the topic of your course?
I am currently Assistant Professor in Political Studies here, at the University of Milano. Together with Federica Genovese, I teach the module Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists at the end of the first year. I have a strong commitment to demonstrate that political science, especially when combined with a strong background in statistical techniques, is helpful to make the world a better place by having a positive impact on decision-making processes and public policy formulation and evaluation. Accordingly, I am building my profile (one never stops learning!) combining my education as a political scientist with in depth training in quantitative methods. I am in love with politics and numbers: aren’t these what all public policies are about, in the end?
What will students learn by attending your classes?
Federica and I will do our best to make students understand that statistics is not as boring as they think. It is not a long sequence of indecipherable formulas, rather an opportunity, a toolbox to interpret the reality that surrounds us and to make predictions about the future. The big data revolution has given us much more raw materials to interpret the world than we had in the past. Thus, the tools must be sharper and the artisans more skilled. But do not worry. You are going to attend, right?
How would your students describe you?
I would say: it depends. I am always there for engaged and curious students. Attending students always provided really good feedbacks. I am ‘only’ 10 years older than them, a condition that helps me in understanding the problems they face in their university path. With non-attending students, it is harder. I must say it openly: if you are not Sheldon Cooper or one of his nerdy friends, it is better to attend…
Please, tell us something about yourself that’s not on your resume.
Is there life outside the University? I forgot it… Well, then I will talk you about two cities that I love. One is Turin, where I was born and grew up: you will certainly know its main soccer team, the Torino Calcio (it’s doing quite well this year!). The other is Amendolara, a tiny village perched on a hill covered with orange trees, 3 km from the sea, in Calabria. It is my reserve of positive energy: the summer heat, no beach – only pebbles, and a transparent sea. What else?