My current research focuses on political mobilizations of immigrant and ethnic minorities in urban settings. My forthcoming book is entitled Immigrant Activism and Native-Born Allies: Coalitions, Conflicts and Racialization in Hostile Environments. It is a revised version of my PhD dissertation and 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 native-born allies 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, native-born 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 in Italy contributes to a growing literature that applies social movement and critical 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. I have recently published two peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies, and a third article will be published in the journal International Migration Review. In addition, I wrote book chapters in several co-authored books, and I have published an article on Italy’s responses to the refugee migration/refugee crisis in the journal Southern European Society and Politics (with Tiziana Caponio).