Research

I study borders, mobility, and how experiences of precarious migration are shaped by histories and institutions. My interdisciplinary work in critical refugee studies and Italian studies draws on the areas of cultural, postcolonial, and media studies. I incorporate methods including narrative and discourse analysis, and oral history and ethnography. I focus in particular on Africa-Europe mobilities and questions of asylum and migrant rights in Italy.

I'm currently a postdoctoral associate with the interdisciplinary Migrations Initiative at Cornell University, based in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. In this capacity, I also host the podcast Migrations: A World on the Move.

Monograph project

My book in progress, Emergency in Transit, investigates the discourses and experiences of “emergency” that are shaping contemporary Mediterranean migration to the EU. I turn to testimonial narratives, analyzing oral history interviews I conducted with migrants and aid workers in Italy, together with a range of visual and narrative texts that portray transit to Europe and within Italy. My published articles contribute to discussions of the role of colonial memory and racial and identity discourse in Europe, and the possibilities for migrant self-representation and witnessing in these contexts. More generally, this work responds to the colonial present made manifest through border violence and anti-immigrant racism.

Peer-reviewed articles

Recent Conference Papers

Public Scholarship and Outreach

Translations and Reviews

Podcast Episodes