Area of Specialisilvia in pzation: Philosophy of Mathematics
Areas of Competence: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy and Literature


I am taking a second Ph.D., this time in philosophy, at Stanford University. My supervisor is Tom Ryckman. I am expecting to defend in Fall 2018.

I am also taking a minor in Philosophy and Literature under the supervision of Lanier Anderson.

Before, I obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics (knot theory) at the Technical University of Berlin.



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Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA), Stanford University. Date: 03/31/2016 me

Doktorarbeit in Mathematics (Ph.D.), Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Date: 06/04/2013, magna cum laude. Thesis’s title: Degrees of essentiality for secants of knots., Advisor: John M. Sullivan me

Laurea Specialistica in Mathematics (Master), University of Bologna, Italy. 03/20/2009, summa cum laude. Thesis’s title: Different flavors of the Poincaré homology sphere. Advisors: Luca Migliorini, University of Bologna and Patrick Popescu-Pampu, University of Paris 7 (Exchange Student during 2007-2008 at Université Paris7-Denis Diderot)

Laurea Triennale in Mathematics (Bachelor), University of Bologna, Italy. Date: 12/15/2006, summa cum laude. Thesis’s title: Il gruppo fondamentale di uno spazio di orbite (The fundamental group of an orbit space). Advisor: Mirella Manaresi, University of Bologna (Exchange Student during 2004-2005 at University of Calgary, Canada)



Program Committee Member: Diagrams 2018, 10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams, Philosophy Track (18-22 June 2018)

Co-organizer (with Becky Morris): Mathematical Reasoning, Workshop at Stanford University, (9-10 February 2018)

Organizer: Varieties of Visualization in Mathematics, Workshop as part of the Fourth International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice, Salvador, Brazil (23-27 October 2017)

Co-organizer (with P. Findlen and G. Priest): Tools of Reason: The Practice of Scientific Diagramming from Antiquity to the Present, Workshop at Stanford University (10-11 February 2017)

Referee for: Erkenntnis, Manuscrito, Synthese, Theoria

Memberships: American Philosophical Association (APA), European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP), Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (APMP), Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics (FilMat), Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), Francophone Society for Analytic Philosophy (SOPHA)



2017-2019:  Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow in the Humanities & Sciences

2017, Spring: France-Stanford Visiting Student Researcher Fellowship (4 months at the IHPST, Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Technology). Sponsor: Marco Panza, CNRS, IHPST

2016, Fall: Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Sponsor: Achille Varzi

2016, Fall: CCNY-Stanford Exchange (to teach for a semester as instructor at CCNY, in New York City)

2014-2019: Ph.D. scholarship from Stanford University

2013-2014: Research and Teaching Position at Montana State University, Bozeman

2013: Certificate of Distinction from the Berlin Mathematical School for the Ph.D. thesis “Degrees of essentiality for secants of knots”

2012-2013: Wissenschaflicher Mitarbeiter (Research Fellow) of the research group Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics at the TU Berlin

2009-2012: Doctoral Fellowship from the Berlin Mathematical School at the TU Berlin

2009: Fellowship from the Berlin Mathematical School, Phase I Student

2007-2008: Erasmus scholarship from the University of Bologna (exchange of 1 academic year to Paris 7 – Denis Diderot University)

2005-2006: Grant for academic achievements from University of Bologna (“Incentivi studenti terzo anno, per merito”)

2004-2005: TASSEP (Transatlantic Science Student Exchange Program) exchange support grant (exchange of 1 academic year to Calgary University, Canada)


Italian: mother tongue
English: excellent (TOEFL 113/120, date: 19/10/13)
French: excellent (C1 certificate of the CEFR)
German: fluent (C1 certificate of the CEFR)
Spanish: beginner