I am a social scientist using ethnography and statistics to study the origins, workings, and consequences of socio-political marginalization. My current academic position is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bocconi University, Dondena Centre, where I am part of the ERC Project LOSS.
research. In my book project, I investigate how immigrant farmworkers in Italy have managed to create a parallel shantytown society that allows them to survive independently. The book and related articles examine cooperation and self-government at the fringes of state rule, residential choice under extreme poverty, and labor informality and exploitation. Currently, I am expanding my work on these topics to Europe, West Africa, and Brazil and starting new research on the politics of marginalization. In this second research stream, I investigate how macro-societal changes such as economic crises, the gender revolution, climate change, and civil wars shape the demand for or prevent the adoption of policies that harm marginalized groups in Europe.
vitae. I received my PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. I have spent visiting periods at the WZB Berlin, ETH Zurich-Immigration Policy Lab, and Bocconi University. My PhD has won the 2021 IMISCOE Maria Ioannis Baganha Award as the best dissertation on migration, integration, and social cohesion in Europe. My research has won funding from the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Leiden University, and Fondazione Roberto Franceschi, of whose scientific board I am now a member. You can read more in my CV.
public social science. Besides publishing in academic outlets, I have collaborated with civil society organizations such as Fondazione Roberto Franceschi, Associazione Naga, and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli to design social projects and communicate my research to a broader audience than academics through articles and other media. I have also engaged in media activism with Radio Ghetto Voci Libere.
personal. In my free time, I am a passionate student of Capoeira Angola and love to collect, listen to, and study music originating from the African diaspora.