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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 her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Naples and combined her doctoral research with work as a research assistant at the University of Palermo. She was awarded her Ph.D. 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-year 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 for the BA Language and Culture (2010-2015) and the MA Gender Society and Representation (2010-2013). She joined Westminster in September 2015, where she is now a Reader in Intercultural Communication (School of Humanities). Federica is Course Leader for the BA Languages and Global Communication.


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


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

She has published 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.)