I hold a PhD in Political Science, European Politics and International Relations from the joint doctoral initiative of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, University of Siena, University of Pisa and University of Florence.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin. I am also an associate member of the Institute for Social and Trade Union Research (Sofia) and junior fellow of the Centre for Advanced Study (Sofia).
My research work focuses on social movements and trade unions, comparative politics and inequalities in Southeast Europe.
In November 2020, I defended doctoral thesis titled “Long-term Processes and Cycles of Protest: the Protest Arenas in Bulgaria and Slovenia (2009-2017)”. The work employs a comparative-historical approach based on the triangulation of protest event dataset with the analysis of structured interviews and organizational documents, and a wide range of secondary statistical datasets and historical literature.
In the last three years, I have been postdoctoral researcher at Sofia University, visiting doctoral student at Charles University, University of Zagreb and University of Kent, and visiting fellow at Centre for Southeast European Studies (University of Graz). In October-November 2018, I have taught a course on civil society and social movements at the University of Florence.