I was born in Italy and I received my Laurea (MA equivalent) and PhD in East Asian Studies (Japanese) from Ca' Foscari University in Venice. Between 2005-2007 I was a visiting researcher at Hosei University (Tokyo) and post-doctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Before arriving at Manchester in 2013 I spent six years in New Zealand, working at the University of Otago as Lecturer and, from 2012, Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions (2007-2013). I am interested in religion in contemporary Japan, with a focus on groups founded from the 1970s onward. Currently I am exploring issues related to religion and media, religious authority, and religion and violence.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Religion in Contemporary Japan, "New Religions", Religion and Media, and Religion and the Internet, Religion and Violence