I am lecturer (assistant professor) in politics at the University of Southampton. My research examines the role of interest groups and open consultations in EU politics and policymaking.

Before joining the Department of Politics and International Relations in Southampton, I was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at University College London (2014-2016), a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (2013-2014) and a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012-2013).

I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin in September 2012 with a dissertation on EU lobbying entitled "Lobbying Brussels: Interest Groups' Demands and Networks in EU Environmental Policy", under the supervision of Professors Robert Thomson and Gail McElroy.

I am also a graduate of Central European University (MA in Political Science, 2007) and of University of Bucharest (BA in Political Science, 2006).