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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). ForthcomingAmerican Political Science Review.

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)

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


  • New York University

    • Math Camp for Incoming Ph.D. Students - Fall 2013-2016

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