Research

My research interests lie in the field of computational methods and analysis of communication and culture. I am interested in computational and digital techniques, tools and methods for data mining, text mining, natural language processing, and web scraping. I mainly rely on R coding for my studies, but I also use other software to perform specific analyses. Sometimes I mix quantitative and qualitative methods like digital ethnography, and more traditional interviews, surveys and observations.

From a substantive perspective, I am interested in communication, information and problematic information in the online environment, digital activism and controversial movements, such as the anti-vaccine movement, the anti-gender movement, the men’s rights movement, vegans and animal rights movement, and religious groups.

Among the collaborative projects funded by external agencies I worked on:Patterns of Facebook Interactions around Insular and Cross-Partisan Media Sources in the Run-up of the 2018 Italian Election (SSRC Social Science Research Council), and Mapping Italian News Social Media and Democracy (Open Society Foundation).