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I am a historian and anthropologist who specializes in the Mediterranean region. I joined the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, in 2018. Previously, I held a Faculty Fellowship at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (2017-18) and was an affiliated researcher on the ERC project “Crosslocations” at the University of Helsinki (2017-2021). In 2016, I completed my PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At present, I am a member of the executive committee for the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) and I serve on the convening committee for the Institute for Historical Research’s Modern Italian History Seminar.

My primary research interests are in the history and anthropology of migration, political communities, and environment, as well as in theories of historical time and temporality. Geographically, I focus on Southern Italian, European, and Mediterranean contexts. Although I am trained and specialized in modern history, I have a growing interest in exploring topics that cross temporal periods (especially from the mid-eighteenth century to the present). As a scholar raised in an Italian American enclave in the Philadelphia / South Jersey area (US), I am keen to study the history of migration sideways, from perspectives of departure, absence, and entropy.

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