I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy, and I am currently Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Immigration and Policy Evaluation (CIPE) at Concordia University, Montreal. In October 2015, I defended my PhD dissertation in the department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal, Canada. Between 2013 and 2016, I held visiting positions at Cornell University, University of Toronto and the European University Institute. I specialize in the sociology of migration and ethnic and racial relations in the Mediterranean region. My research bridges literatures in these two subfields (including citizenship studies, theories of immigrants’ political incorporation, and ethnic and racial politics) with social movement studies, critical social theories and intersectionality.
My forthcoming book, entitled Immigrant Activism and Allies: Coalitions, Conflicts and Racialization in Hostile Environments, is under contract with Routledge in their ‘Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations’ series. Based on extensive ethnographic research that I conducted in four Italian cities between 2013 and 2014, the study analyzes the efforts immigrants and their allies of the civil society make to resist state actors’ production of exclusion and precariousness in immigrant communities after the financial crisis of 2008 in Italy. One of the main contributions of my work is to show that, in addition to state actors, immigrants’ allies often play a crucial role in excluding and racializing immigrant activists in the struggles that concern them, thereby reducing the scope of immigrants’ greater inclusion in receiving societies. Additionally, considering migrant activists as relevant political players, my research shows their role in transforming narratives about integration from below.
My research on political claims by immigrants and ethnic minorities contributes to a growing literature that applies social movement and critical race theories to ethnic and racial studies. The focus on a crucial receiving country of migration such as Italy, allows me to add an important case to the literature in field. My work has appeared in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration Review and Southern European Society and Politics.
I am also developing a new project titled INTERSEC_RACE/Challenging the Security/Migration Nexus after 9/11: Race Politics, Racism and Gender in the Mediterranean Region. This project will be a comparative study on the nexus of contemporary racism and the securitization of migration in two Mediterranean countries—Spain and Morocco. Focusing on the evolution of selected public debates since 9/11, it will examine how racist discourses and interlinked practices of political elites have racialized the two largest immigrant groups in each country—Moroccan ‘Arabs’ in Spain and ‘Black’ sub-Saharan Africans in Morocco—and how these groups have challenged stigmatization with the help of civil society organizations.