I am currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of International, Legal and Historical-Political Studies at the University of Milan, after several years spent at the University of Naples (Italy). Before joining the academia in the late 2000s, I worked as researcher for the Unoited Nations and as independent consultant for a number of NGOs and international organizations.
PhD in Sociology, University of Calabria, 2005
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research activities have mostly addressed issues related to social change and social control, such as the relationships between globalization, complex forms of crime and illegal markets (specifically trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean, drugs trafficking and eco-crimes) and, more recently, the process of social construction of otherness and the emergence of new forms of racism and discrimination at European level and dynamics of identity and recognition within multi-cultural societies, with special attention devoted to gender issues. I have been elected for two mandates as member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association-ESA (2015-2017 and 2017-2019),  I am member of the Board of the ESA’s “Women and Gender Studies” Research Network (as of 2017) and member of the Board of Associazione Italiana di Sociologia-AIS’ section “Daily Life” (as of 2018). In July 2017 I was elected member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Network of Experts.
Personal Interests
I am particularly interested in the use of biographical methods and in the study of traumatic memories and related process of social elaboration in the public sphere.