I work in critical refugee studies and am currently a postdoctoral associate with Cornell University's Migrations Initiative, based in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

My scholarly work focuses on migration, asylum, border regimes, and their representation in media and narrative, with particular attention to Africa-Europe mobilities and Mediterranean migration via Italy. I hold degrees from the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University (PhD), Sarah Lawrence College (MFA) and Agnes Scott College (BA).

My teaching engages students in the areas of cultural studies, global studies, and literature and film, with an emphasis on developing students' critical communication skills.

Recent poetry chapbooks include TREAD (Opo 2018) and Océano (dancing girl 2017).