Research

My research interests lie in the field of computational methods and sociological analysis of culture and communication.

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 employ also qualitative methods, like digital ethnography and more traditional interviews, surveys and observations.

From a substantive perspective, I study information and problematic information in the online environment. I am part of the Italian team that was awarded the first Social Media and Democracy Research Grant by the Social Science Research Council to study the spread of problematic information on Facebook.

My research also focuses on controversial movement online, such as the anti-vaccine movement, the anti-gender movements, the men’s right movement, vegans and animal rights movement, and religious groups.