I am currently Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Philosophy of Law, Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy.
I earned a Degree in Economics and Commerce, a PhD in Philosophy of Law at the University of Padua, the National Habilitation for both Associate and Full Professor in Philosophy of Law, as well as Associate Professor in History of Economic Thought. I have taught in several Universities in Italy and abroad, including: Turin, Cornell, Bocconi, LUISS, Lyon2.
My research explores issues at the intersection of philosophy of law and economic philosophy, with a specific focus on: commutative and distributive justice in tax justice; forms of contractarianism and forms of justice, reciprocity and gift in the idea of fiscal contract; fiscal subsidiarity institutions; Institutional Economics, gift and forms of institutionalized solidarity; ethics, economics and market regulation; value judgments and normativity in Economics and Law & Economics; Economics and Humanities; law and freedom in liberal thought; the reflection on good government and the types of state in the Italian Tradition of Public Finance.
I held Visiting positions at: Cornell University as “Luigi Einaudi” Chair Holder (2011), Mario Einaudi Center (2014), Cornell Law School (USA – 2015); Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg (Germany – 2015); Department of Government, LSE (UK – 2015); Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg as Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union and Guest Professor (Germany – 2017-18); Triangle UMR 5206 – CNRS/ENS de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France – 2020, 2021, 2022).
From 2012 to 2018 I was also Coordinator of the Cornell-in-Turin Study Abroad Programme (Cornell University, USA), where I also taught Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) modules.
Among my honours and prizes: the STOREP grant Award 2016 for the research project “Theories of tax justice: between exchange and gift”; the Marie Curie Fellowship for the research project “Anthropology of Taxation. Enquiry into the Human Foundations of Fiscal Democracy” and the Honorary “Fair Inheritance” Fellowship (Research project “Fair inheritance”), Chaire Hoover d’éthique économique et sociale, Université catholique de Louvain.
I am member of the Editorial Boards of several journals and editorial series, and member of the scientific committee of the “National Edition of the Works of Luigi Einaudi”.
Grants and awards
University of Catania, “Starting Grant” (Research project: “JuReSol”: “Justice, Reciprocity, Solidarity. Rethinking the Fiscal Compact for a New Social Contract”, financed by University of Catania: 10.000 €)
Honorary “Fair Inheritance” Fellowship (Research project “Fair inheritance”), Chaire Hoover d’éthique économique et sociale, Université catholique de Louvain.
Research Grant: Principal Investigator of the research project Frontiers of Welfare Society: Fiscal Democracy, Gift-Giving, Social Capital. An empirical analysis of the “5×1000” percentage philanthropy Institute, project developed by CIRCe (Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale sulla Comunicazione), Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin (financed by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo).
Marie S. Curie Fellowship – European Union, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg. Research project: Anthropology of Taxation. Enquiry into the Human Foundations of Fiscal Democracy.
“STOREP grant Award” [Italian Association for the History of Political Economy] for the research project Theories of Tax Justice: Between Exchange and Gift.
Research Grant: research project Scarcity, Austerity, Prosperity. An Anthropological re-reading of the Einaudi-Keynes debate, Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin, Italy.
“WorldWide Style 2” Fellowship: research project Enquiry into the human foundations of a new fiscal democracy. International mobility program, University of Turin. Visiting periods at: Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Freiburg University (Germany) (7-8/ 2015) and Department of Government, London School of Economics (UK) (9-10/2015).
“Luigi Einaudi” Research Fellowship, financed by Associazione Polis.
IX STOREP [Italian Association for the History of Political Economy] Conference Young Scholars Award (for the paper The Glocal European Federalism of Luigi Einaudi. Economy and / or politics: integration or disintegration?).
“Researches on Good Government”, coordinated by the Research Centre on Good government (Associazione Polis, Cuneo, Italy). Research project: Good government, Governance, Human Complexity. Luigi Einaudi’s Legacy and Contemporary societies. Financed by San Giacomo Charitable Foundation.
Diploma issued by the Scuola di Alta Formazione Filosofica [School for Advanced Studies in Philosophy] (Turin, Italy). Attendance at the VI Seminar, Course held by Emanuele Severino (1-5/03/2010, Villa Gualino, Turin).
Memberships and affiliations
since 2020 – The Philosophy, Politics & Economics Society (PPE Society)
since 2020 – Research Platform on Economic Thought (RePEcT)
since 2018 – European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET)
since 2017 – Italian Society of Law and Economics (SIDE – ISLE)
since 2013 – Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought (AISPE)
since 2013 – Italian Society of Philosophy of Law (SIFD)
since 2004 – Italian Association for the History of Political Economy (STOREP)
2014-2015 – Political Studies Association