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Di Lonardo

Assistant Professor, Bocconi University

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Bocconi University and a Research Affiliate at the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. I received my Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2017. I study the causes and the consequences of the use of violence and the threat of violence in politics, both at the international and the national political stage. More specifically, I am interested in deterrence theory, foreign intervention, the politics of counterterrorism, and the interference of organized crime in the political process. I am also interested in the functioning of democratic institutions, especially elections.


The Political Consequences of Green Policies: Evidence from Italy (with Italo Colantone, Yotam Margalit, and Marco Percoco). (2024) American Political Science Review, 118(1): 108–126

Political Instability and the Failure of Deterrence (with Scott Tyson) (2022). The Journal of Politics, 84(1): 180-193.

Counterterrorism Policy in an Uncertain World (with Tiberiu Dragu) (2021). The Journal of Politics, 83(4): 1857-1860 (2021).

Autocratic Stability in the Shadow of Foreign Threats (with Scott Tyson & Jessica Sun) (2020). American Political Science Review, 114(4): 1247 - 1265

Winner of the Best Paper in International Relations Award for the 2018 MPSA Annual Meeting

The Partisan Politics of Counterterrorism: Reputations, Policy Transparency, and Electoral Outcomes (2019), Political Science Research and Methods, 7(2): 253-269.

Valence Uncertainty and the Nature of the Candidate Pool in Elections (2017), Journal of Theoretical Politics, 29(2): 327–350.

Working Papers 


Constraining to Coerce (with Scott A. Tyson) R&R at American Journal of Political Science

Salience Undermines Representation: Democratic Dilemmas in Security and Counterterrorism (with Tiberiu Dragu)

The Political Economy of Criminal Capturing (with Enrico Cavallotti and Nicola Mastrorocco) - Coming Soon

Relying on Repression (Jessica S. Sun and Scott A. Tyson) - Coming Soon


  • Bocconi University​

    • International Relations (with Massimo Morelli) - Fall 2018-2023

    • Political Regimes - Spring 2018-2024

    • Current Political Phenomena II - The Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism - Spring 2018

    • Comparative Politics and Democratic Theory (with Piero Stanig) - Spring 2018

    • Political Science and Comparative Politics - Fall 2018-2023

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