I am a researcher in the field of cultural evolution. My work is at the interface of psychology, anthropology, and sociology. I am interested in particular to contemporary cultural phenomena, and I use a naturalistic, quantitative, and evolutionary approach with different methodologies, especially individual-based models and quantitative analysis of large-scale cultural data. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, and member of the C2S2 - Centre for Computational Social Science and Human Dynamics.
I wrote a book for Oxford University Press: Cultural evolution in the digital age, and an open access manual: Individual-based models of cultural evolution. A step-by-step guide using R (a physical version is available with Routeldge). I also curate a free substack newsletter (in Italian), with links to material about cultural evolution and digital technologies: Cinque link a settimana.
In 2023/2024 I will be involved in the following modules:
Data Science and Sociology: methods and applications - term 1 - Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Data Science.
Costruire un disegno di analisi dei fenomeni sociali - term 2 - Laurea in Sociologia.
Cultural analytics - term 2 - Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale.