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Que dites-vous?…C’est inutile? Je le sais.
Mais on ne se bat pas dans l’espoir du succès.
Non. C’est bien plus beau lorsque c’est inutile…

What are you saying? That it’s in vain? I know it.
But one does not fight in the hope of success.
No. It is much more beautiful when it is in vain…

Rostand
Cyrano de Bergerac (Act V)

EDUCATION

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, October 25th, 1968, I was raised in the United States, France, and Italy. I have obtained a B.S. in economics at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS, Rome, Italy), a Master’s degree in Economics and a PhD in Political Economy at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA), and an Mphil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge (UK). Further graduate and undergraduate coursework in financial history, applied mathematics, economic theory, and international economics was completed at Stanford University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the London School of Economics (LSE).

 

CAREER

I first worked as a research associate at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, Palo Alto, USA); I subsequently joined the research division of the department of Supervision & Regulation at the Bank of Italy, Italy’s central bank; and from 2000 to 2008 I taught political economy at the University of Washington. In 2005, as a Visiting Professor of Economics and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, in Amman, I have conducted research on Political Islam, Terrorism, and Islamic Economics. In 2012, I joined the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, as a Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences, and before coming to the Gregorian, I served as a Lecturer at Kwantlen Polytechic University in Vancouver, Canada, where I taught the sociology and psychology of criminal behavior. 

I now live in Taiwan with my wife Suzanne and my two daughters Bianca and Carmen.

 

AVOCATION

I spend my extra time playing guitar, appreciating pretty things, and dreaming to find (or create) an international network of compassionate pacifists interested in social justice and monetary reform.