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Federica Carugati

Federica Carugati

Ph.D. Classics 2015

Federica is the associate director of the Ostrom Workshop and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Maurer School of Law at IU Bloomington.

Her research focuses on two main topics: first, the development of political, legal, and economic institutions in pre-modern, citizen-centered, open-access governments; second, the lessons that the emergence, configuration, and breakdown of such institutions may hold for rethinking institution building in today's developing world.

Federica is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation and titled, "The Athenian Constitution: Law, Democratic Stability, and Economic Growth in 4th century BCE Athens." The book analyzes the impact of legal innovation on democratic governance and economic performance in Classical Athens.

Among her current and future project, Federica is investigating the role of centralized and decentralized dispute resolution mechanisms in Sierra Leone, and laying the groundwork for a world history of open access societies, including ancient republics, early modern city-states, and contemporary democracies.


June 2015
At the end of the 5th century BC, a prosperous, imperial, and democratic city-state (polis) embarked on a long and demanding war. The conflict...