​I am a postdoctoral researcher (Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation; Project: “Unveiling hatred discourses and argumentation in the European public sphere – Un.H.A.T.E.”), affiliated with the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, University of Malta as well as an Adjunct Lecturer at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana. I hold a PhD (cotutelle) in Social Sciences and Humanities which I was jointly awarded in 2017 (summa cum laude) from the University of Neuchatel and the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.

My research interests lie at the intersection of Critical Discourse Studies and Argumentation with a particular focus on (social) media discriminatory discourses and rhetoric, hate speech, migration and racism, protest discourses, antilanguage and the discursive construction of identity/ies, populist political discourse and rhetoric, and crisis communication.