B.A., Università Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (2000)
M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Irvine (2006)
I am interested in pursuing the intersections of scholarship and public citizenship, including in teaching, research, service, and participation in media discussions and the public sphere. My first book, titled Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World’s Deadliest Border (in Press/2015, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights), focuses on the harrowing bulletin, now spanning two decades, of migrants’ death in the Mediterranean. As unauthorized migrants and refugees intend to reach Europe and put their lives in the hands of smugglers, social actors such as fishermen, diplomats, priests, bureaucrats, armed forces sailors, and hesitant bystanders stagger between indifference and intervention. Who is responsible for spaces that belong to all and to no one, and for persons trapped in the expansive gaps between states? Global fault lines, literally set afloat in the Mediterranean, are also scrutinized: between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; military and humanitarian intervention; Catholic charity, hospitality, and police detention; transnational crime and resilient sovereignty; the universal law of the sea and the proliferating thresholds of a globally parochial world.
Additional scholarly works of mine include articles and chapters on charity, justice, and migration; the so-called Italian southern question; Islam in Italy; artistic performance and cosmopolitanism; populism, austerity, and urban riots. Building on such work, my current research is tracing participatory and trans-Mediterranean citizenship, with emphasis on integration and interreligious dialogue emerging in the everyday life, aesthetics, and politics of changing cities, in Italy and in the region.
Specializing in social-cultural anthropology, I enjoy teaching on international migration, pluralism and human rights, European societies, and emerging issues of identity, citizenship, and democracy (in addition to anthropology courses at all levels). My advisees have researched and published on issues including gender and pickup volleyball in Peru; Muslims, equality, and integration in France; Islamophobia in England; Catholic NGOs and Colombian refugees in Ecuador; Mexican fast-food and multiculturalism in Sweden; labor, migration, and fashion in Italy; and antiterrorism surveillance in comparative perspective.
Before joining the department I held research fellowships at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (UC San Diego) and at the Erasmus Institute (Notre Dame). At Notre Dame, I am also a fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and a faculty affiliate with Italian Studies and with the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
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