I am an assistant professor in the Management of Complex Systems Department and the Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program at the University of California Merced. Before joining UC Merced, I was at the IMT Institute for Advance Studies Lucca (Italy), and prior to that, I spent my doctoral years at Boston University where I received a PhD in Physics (2011), advised by H. E. Stanley.

My research is primarily data-oriented, focusing on the evolution of large multiscale socio-economic systems by applying concepts and methods from complex systems, statistical physics, management and innovation science. Working with collaborators from a variety of disciplines, our research has been published in various multi-disciplinary journals such as Science, PNAS and Research Policy, and subsequently covered by the international media, such as the Boston Globe, Guardian, WSJ, Espectador, AAAS and Nature.

Research Interests

  • Science of Science: Policy, careers, collaboration networks, mobility networks, citation networks, generative models
  • Computational Social Science: Econometrics, opinion formation, science communication, language evolution, professional sports
  • Complex Systems: Growth, life-cycles, innovation, competition, coevolution
  • Quantitative Finance: News shocks & response dynamics, volatility, interest rates, public debt, bankruptcy


  • MIST 203 "Quantitative Tools for Management" (G, F2018)
  • MIST 134 "Methods of Data & Network Science" (UG, S2019)
  • SPARK "Science of Science" (UG, S2019)
  • COGS 180 "Topics in CogSci: Visualization & Presentation" (UG, 2016-2018)

Recent Activity and Announcements

  • You’ve Heard of Berkeley. Is Merced the Future of the University of California? UC Merced in the NYT
  • The Memory of Science: Inflation, Myopia, and the Knowledge Network. J. Informetrics
  • New UC Merced Master of Management (M. M.) Program offered by the Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program. UCM Feature Article
  • Science of Science. Science
  • Quantifying the negative impact of brain drain on the integration of European science. Science Advances
  • High-skilled labour mobility in Europe before and after the 2004 enlargement. J Royal Society Interface

    Cover of the April 2017 issue:

European Integration through the prism of high-skilled migration