I’m a political scientist working on the politics of social policy and institutional trust. I am currently a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, working in the SOLID Project (Policy Crisis and Crisis Politics Sovereignty, Solidarity and Identity in the EU Post 2008. PI’s: Hanspeter Kriesi, Waltraud Schelkle, Maurizio Ferrera).

I received my PhD from Central European University in September 2019. My dissertation looked at how clientelism and partisanship influenced access to healthcare in 17 Eastern and Southern E.U. member states. I was previously a Max Weber Fellow and part-time Assistant Professor at the EUI, teaching quantitative methods.


  • Political Economy
  • Health Policy and Inequalities
  • Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Causal Inference in Social Sciences
  • Populism & Clientelism


  • PhD in Political Economy, 2019

    Central European University

  • MA in Political Science, 2014

    Central European University

  • BA in Political Science, 2012

    University of Bucharest



Research Fellow - SOLID ERC

European University Institute

Jan 2022 – Jun 2025 Florence
Principal Investigators: Hanspeter Kriesi, Waltraud Schelkle, Maurizio Ferrera

CIVICA Project Partnet: WELDECO - Welfare, Democracy, and Populism under the COVID-19 Crisis

European University Institute

Jan 2021 – Jan 2023 Florence
Partner Universities: Central European University, Bocconi University, London School of Economics. Principal Investigator, Dorottya Szikra.

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow

European University Institute

Sep 2020 – Aug 2022 Florence
Mentor: Ellen M. Immergut

International Research Fellow

Caucasus Research Resource Center

Jan 2020 – Mar 2020 Tbilisi
Survey Research



Part-time Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods

European University Institute

Sep 2021 – Jan 2022 Florence


  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Adjunct Professor

Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

Sep 2021 – Dec 2021 Bologna


  • Quantitative Methods for Risk Analysis

Visiting Professor

Ilia State University

Oct 2019 – Aug 2020 Tbilisi


  • Research Design
  • Global Political Economy
  • Public Policy and Party Politics
  • 21st Century Challenges in Global Politics

Instructor for Summer/Winter Schools

European Consortium for Political Research

Aug 2019 – Aug 2020 Budapest


  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Introduction to R
  • Applied Regression Analysis

Teaching Assistant

Central European University

Jan 2015 – Dec 2017 Budapest
Teaching assistant for several courses in Statistics and Political Economy.


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