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.


Autocratic Stability in the Shadow of Foreign Threats (with Scott Tyson & Jessica Sun) Forthcoming. American Political Science Review

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

Counterterrorism Policy in an Uncertain World (with Tiberiu Dragu) Forthcoming. The Journal of Politics

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


Political Instability and the Failure of Deterrence (with Scott Tyson) (R&R at The Journal of Politics)

The Political Economy of Criminal Capturing (with Nicola Mastrorocco) 

Work in Progress

Overvaluing Deterrence in Counterterrorism

Issue Salience and Policy Congruence in Counterterrorism (with Tiberiu Dragu)


  • Bocconi University​

    • International Relations (with Massimo Morelli) - Fall 2018, 2019

    • Political Regimes - Spring 2018, 2019, 2020

    • 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 (with Lanny Martin) - Fall 2018, 2019


  • New York University

    • Math Camp for Incoming Ph.D. Students - Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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