Research Political Sciences

New Knowledge Coming to Bocconi

, by Weiwei Chen
In the academic year starting in September, the University will welcome 12 scholars spanning a wide range of disciplines. Come and meet them

Bocconi faculty is still growing. In September, 11 new Assistant Professors and an Associate Professor will join the University.

"The group of scholars arriving at Bocconi in September confirms the University's ability to attract talent from within our fields and select them according to criteria consistent with our scientific goals," says pro-rector for Faculty, Paolo Pinotti. "They are all analytically sound researchers and, in many cases, bring a deep methodological understanding of data and computer sciences even when they are not specialists in that area. Even among the youngest, there are recipients of prestigious international grants and authors of studies already accepted or under review at top international journals. Finally, we see a balanced mix of pure and more applied research, with immediate impacts on society and business."

The Department of Computing Sciences acquires three Assistant.

Giulio Malavolta joins the Department of Computing Sciences as an Assistant Professor. He comes from the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP), where he served as an Assistant Professor and Head of the Cryptographic Systems Group. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from Friedrich-Alexander University. His research primarily revolves around the mathematical aspects of asymmetric cryptography. Additionally, he holds a broad interest in exploring the connections between his field and other disciplines, such as computer security, cryptocurrencies, concurrent systems, formal methods, game theory, and quantum computing.

Adam Polak, PhD from Jagiellonian University, is joining the Department of Computing Sciences after working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI). Before joining MPI, he spent two years as a Postdoc in the Theory Group at EPFL, under the supervision of Fritz Eisenbrand. In addition, he spent the spring and summer of 2019 at MIT, working with Virginia Vassilevska Williams, and was funded by an Etiuda fellowship from the National Science Centre of Poland. His research interests focus on algorithms and fine-grained complexity.

After completing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Milano-Bicocca in February 2019, Andrea Tangherloni worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge from 2018 to 2020. Additionally, he served as a visiting worker at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. During this time, his primary focus was on analyzing single-cell sequencing data, where he introduced innovative approaches and strategies for analyzing these datasets, particularly single-cell RNA data. After a stint at the University of Bergamo, he has been working since December 2022 as a Research Fellow at the Bocconi Institute for Data Science and Analytics (BIDSA) and the Department of Computing Sciences at Bocconi, which he now joins as an Assistant Professor.

Two Assistant Professors are joining the Department of Management and Technology.

In September 2023, Felix Poege, Ph.D. in Economics from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich will be joining Bocconi University's Management and Technology Department as an Assistant Professor. Prior to this, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Boston University and a Junior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His research focuses on the innovation strategies of firms in competitive environments, exploring topics in strategic management, the economics of innovation, industrial organization, and the relationship between science and human capital.

Shirley Tang holds a PhD in Business Administration from the Strategy and Entrepreneurship area at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. Starting in Fall 2023, she will join the Department of Management and Technology as an Assistant Professor. Tang's research revolves around understanding how firms integrate market and nonmarket strategies to gain a competitive edge and how these strategies impact market structure, innovation, the natural environment, and society. She combines the understanding of contextual factors, big and comprehensive data, and quantitative methods in her research.

Two Assistant Professors will bolster the Department of Social and Political Sciences.

Ala Mohammed Alrababah obtained his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University. He previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Public Policy Group and Immigration Policy Lab at ETH Zurich. His research utilizes a multi-method approach to investigate various topics, including authoritarian media, political violence, and the experiences of immigrants and refugees, with a specific focus on the Middle East. His research findings have been published or are forthcoming in many esteemed journals.

Germain Gauthier will be joining the Department of Social and Political Sciences as an Assistant Professor. He comes from ETH Zurich, where he worked as a Postdoc in the Law, Economics, and Data Science Group. His research lies at the intersection of economics and political science, encompassing both methodological and applied work. He earned his PhD in Economics from Ecole Polytechnique.

The Department of Economics will also grow by two new resources.

Rafael Jiménez-Durán will be joining the Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor. He brings with him prior experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SSRC Digital Platforms Initiative and as a Researcher at the Bank of Mexico. Jiménez-Durán obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2022. His research primarily focuses on the field of applied microeconomics, with a particular interest in studying the economics of digital platforms and social media.

Marta Prato will be joining the Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor. She obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2022. Prior to joining Bocconi University, she worked as a Cowles Post-Doctoral fellow at Yale University. Marta's research interests encompass various areas including Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Migration, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. In 2022, she participated in the Review of Economic Studies Tour, and in 2021, she was honored with the EEA and Unicredit Job Market Best Paper Award.

An Associate Professor will join the Department of Marketing.

Chiara Longoni will be joining as an Associate Professor of the Department of Marketing. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Boston University's Questrom School of Business. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on studying psychological responses to artificial intelligence. She explores various domains such as healthcare, recommendation systems, automated content generation, and government services. Additionally, Longoni also delves into research related to consumer and societal well-being, examining factors that drive positive behavior change, sustainability, and climate action. Her work has been recognized with the 2022 Journal of Consumer Research Best Article Award and the 2021-22 American Marketing Association Best Article Award.

Antonio De Rosa will be back to the Department of Decisions Sciences as an assistant Professor after a period at the University of Maryland's Department of Mathematics. His main research interests are geometric analysis, partial differential equations, calculus of variations and geometric measure theory. He's the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant for a research project on these subjects. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Zurich.

Maria Lucia Passador is a new Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Studies. Prior to this, she worked as an Academic Fellow at Bocconi for several years. Passador obtained her Master of Law degree from Harvard Law School and holds a Ph.D. in Business Law from Bocconi University. Her primary areas of interest include corporate law, corporate governance, and financial markets regulation. Currently, she is engaged in a research project focusing on traditional IPOs and exploring alternative options.