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Federica was educated in Italy. In 2000-01 she studied for an MA in Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Essex. She returned to Italy to commence studies for my PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Naples and combined herdoctoral research with work as a research assistant at the University of Palermo.She was awarded her PhD in 2007 with a dissertation on the "Double works" of the Pre-Raphaelite poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 2007 she was offered a two years Post-doctoral Mellon Fellowship at UCL with a research project on migration and culture. In 2009 she became Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL where she was also the Programme Director of the BA Language and Culture (2010-2015) and of the MA Gender Society and Representation (2010-2013). She joined Westminster in September 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication (School of Humaities). She is Course Leader of the BA Langauge and Global Communication and BA Language and International Relations.


  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning and Identity
  • Migration and Cultural Encounters
  • Representing World Cultures


Federica Mazzara's research interrogates contemporary concerns in Europe regarding multiculturalism, gender and urban spaces as represented in cultural practices.

She haspublished articles in refereed journals, chapters in books, and I have co-edited volumes and special issues. Her latest monograph entitled Reframing Migration: Lampedusa from the Border Spectacle to the Aesthetics of Subversion was published in 2019 by Peter Lang. The book explores the geographical, legal and political framing of asylum seekers and migrants through analyses of media representations, policy papers and art practices.

She has co-curated an exhibition on the subject of migrant death at sea, called Sink Without Trace that took place in June-July 2019 at the P21 Gallery in London. The exhibition focussed on art being made on the subject by artists who have experienced forced migration personally, shown alongside international artists, and it recieved extensive Press Coverage.

Federica is review editor of the journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (Intellect.) 

She keeps a research blog:


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.