B.A., Università Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (2000)
M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Irvine (2006)
I am a social-cultural anthropologist teaching on international migration, globalization, and European societies, in addition to anthropology courses at all levels. My advisees have completed theses on relevant issues such as gender and pickup volleyball in Peru; Muslims, equality, and integration in France; Catholic NGOs and Colombian refugees in Ecuador; Mexican fast-food and multiculturalism in Sweden; and labor, immigration, and fashion in Italy.
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).
My first book manuscript examines immigration in Italy from both a political-legal and cultural angle, with particular attention to the material and symbolic implications of border enforcement and migrants’ death and detention in the broader Mediterranean context. Recent articles have been published in the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World’s ISIM Review, on religious symbols and on cosmopolitanism in Italy, and in the International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies. The issue of Italian Culture I guest-edited [the Journal of the American Association for Italian Studies, 28(2010)2] explores Italy as a node in the global network of migrants’ routes, but also as a country of south-north domestic migration, entrenched discrimination, and flourishing cosmopolitan creativity. My current research focuses on issues of integration in Italy and in Southeast Europe, with an emphasis on citizenship, political participation, and interreligious relations.
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