I graduated in political science at the University of Bologna in 2013. At the University of Bologna my studies focused mostly on Italian electoral politics at the regional level. Over time, my main interests have shifted towards international relations. I received a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna in 2016 and a MA in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics in 2017. I am particularly interested in the political economy of money and trade. More specifically, how political considerations affect the decision to adopt a foreign currency as legal tender (i.e. dollarization) and how security concerns influence the pattern of trade relations.