I was educated in economics and in philosophy at Bocconi University and the London School of Economics, before moving to Exeter for a PhD on the naturalization of collective intentionality with Francesco Guala.
As it often happens, the PhD is the result of times and places. I have done much writing in Berkeley when I was affiliated with the Berkeley Social Ontology Group, before and after visiting Michael Tomasello’s social cognition lab in Leipzig. My thesis, entitled “Naturally We. A Philosophical Study of Collective Intentionality”, was passed with no corrections by examiners John Searle and John Dupré in late 2010.
In 2011 I joined the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris on a postdoctoral fellowship of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and then stayed on one more year as a fellow of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS). Before moving to London, I was awarded one of the 2013-2014 fellowships of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and spent the Fall 2013 semester at Columbia University in New York City.
I joined the School of Advanced Study of the University of London in February 2014 to work as the co-ordinator of The Human Mind Project. I am now managing the team after we secured funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in July 2015.
As a doctoral candidate and a postdoc, I held visiting fellowships in the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley, in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, and since 2011 I have been a regular visitor to the Interacting Minds Center at Aarhus University. My work was supported by a number of grants and scholarships from, among the others, the European Science Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the Royal Institute of Philosophy and the Rotary Foundation.
Over the years I taught several modules as a teaching assistant and a part-time lecturer at the University of Exeter, and as an external lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the ESSEC in Paris.
Last but not least, I have a keen interest in the implications of cognitive research for policy evaluation and intervention in the public sector. In 2003, and 2007, I served as an intern in the Italian Permanent Delegation to, and as the research assistant to the Chief Statistician of, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In 2014 I started to collaborate with Nesta, the UK National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, on issues of collective intelligence and networked publics.
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