Gemma received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania in August 2020 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She is interested in comparative politics, political economy and quantitative methods.
Her research examines current threats to the legitimacy of strong states. In her dissertation and book project, she studies how criminal organizations are expanding to the richest countries in Europe and the consequences of this infiltration on politics. Strong states face important challenges also in the management of immigration and her research shows that criminal groups have benefited enormously from migrants' exploitation. In her work, she asks what causes clashes between natives and migrants and how these fractures can be healed, and integration policies be promoted without backlash.