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


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


My research interrogates contemporary concerns in Europe regarding multiculturalism, gender and urban spaces as represented in cultural practices.

I have published articles in refereed journals, chapters in books, and I have co-edited the volume, "Dizionario degli studi culturali" ("Dictionary of Cultural Studies"), in 2004 that also include my contribution on the history of Translation Studies in Italy.

My first monograph "Lettere in Cornice" (Framed Letters) revolves around the relationship between words and images in the English literary and pictorial movement of Pre-Raphaelitism. My next  monograph entitled "Reframe Migration: Lampedusa from the Border Spectacle to the Aesthetics of Subversion' will be 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.

I am co-curating an exhibition on the subject of migrant death at sea, that will open in June 2019 at the P21 gallery in London. The exhibition focusses on art being made on the subject by artists who have experienced forced migration personally, shown alongside international artists. 

I am second supervisor of PhD projects that revolve around issues of migration, gender and intercultural communication.

I am review editor of the journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (Intellect.) 

I keep a research blog:


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