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  • PhD in Sociology at London Metropolitan University. London, 2010-2014
  • MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. London, 2006-2007
  • BA in Lingue e Letterature Straniere at University of Bologna, 2001-2004

I am a sociologist with a research focus on gender, sexuality and the political economy of migration. In my work I examine how migration control operates through (sexual) humanitarian interventions under neoliberal democracies - in France and in the UK. More precisely, I study anti-human trafficking interventions and the right of asylum. Between 2010 and 2014 my doctoral research examined the experiences of gender and sexual minority refugees, and the discourses linking the politics of sexuality and the British refugee granting process. This involved conducting ethnography with LGBT asylum seekers living in the UK. In my current post-doc fellowship I have expanded my research focus to the analysis of migrant labour exploitation, as well as humanitarian and securitisation practices targeting migrant sex workers in France.

Contact :

- July 2019/ongoing : Lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po Paris.
- January 2017/ January 2020 : Research Fellow within the ERC-funded project ’Sexual Humanitarianism : Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking’. Kingston University, London (in partnership with Aix-Marseille University).
- October 2017/April 2018 : Visiting Scholar at the Centre de Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po, Paris.
- October 2016/December 2016 : Visiting Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. London, UK.
- January 2014/ January 2016 : Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Aix-Marseille Université within the research project ‘Embodied Borders : Problematizing Sexual Humanitarianism Through Experimental Filmmaking’. France/UK.

Current Teaching
- Sciences Po Paris (Autumn 2019), Course title : ’Sexuality, Gender and Migration’ :
- Sciences Po Paris (Summer School 2019), Course title : ’The Global Governance of Migration. (with Hélène le Bail).

Academic Publications
- Monograph :

- Journal articles :

  • (forthcoming) with Mai N, Macioti, PG et al. ’The Racialised Bordering Politics of Sexual Humanitarianism : Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking’, in Ethnic and Racial Studies (under review).
  • (forthcoming) with Le Bail H. ’The National and Moral Borders of the 2016 French Law on Sex Work : An Analysis of the ‘Prostitution Exit Programme’, in Critical Social Policy (under review).
  • (2020) with Fehrenbacher, Musto et al. ’Transgender People and Human Trafficking : Intersectional Exclusion of Transgender Migrants and People of Color from Anti-trafficking Protection in the United States’, in Journal of Human Trafficking.
  • (2020 forthcoming) with Havkin S. Mapping Homo/Transphobia : The Valorization of the LGBT Protection Category in the Refugee-Granting System, in ACME : An International Journal for Critical Geographies (under review).
  • (2020) with Hoefinger, Musto et al. ’Community‐Based Responses to Negative Health Impacts of Sexual Humanitarian Anti‐Trafficking Policies and the Criminalization of Sex Work and Migration in the US’, in Social Sciences, 9,1.
  • (2014) ‘Rescued’ subjects : the question of agency and religiosity for non-heteronormative asylum seekers in the UK, in Sexualities, Vol. 17, pp. 583–599.

- Book chapters and other essays :

  • (2020 forthcoming) with Mai N. Racialization within anti-trafficking interventions targeting migrant sex workers : findings from the SEXHUM research project, in E. Shih and K. Kempadoo (eds) Race and Racism of Anti-trafficking, (under review).
  • (2020 forthcoming) Queerizzare la ricerca sociale sull’asilo LGBT :
    note metodologiche, in Migranti LGBT : Pratiche, politiche e contesti di accoglienza, in M. Prearo and N. Martorano (eds), ETS : Centro di Ricerca Politesse, (under review).
  • (2020 forthcoming) with Giuliani G. and Petrovich Njegosh T. Per un’analisi della memoria delle migrazioni in Europa : discorsi, (auto)rappresentazioni e propaganda, (under review).
  • (2016) Narrativising one’s sexuality and gender : neoliberal humanitarianism and the right of asylum, in Stella, F. et al. (eds) Sexuality, Citizenship, and Multiple Belongings : Transnational, National, and Intersectional Perspectives. Routledge : New York, pp. 55-72.

- Writings on research blogs :

- Published Reports :

- Affiliations :

  • Institut Convergences Migrations (ICM) 2019
  • Études Féministes, Genre et Sexualités (EFIGIES), network of Feminist scholars in France whose academic work revolves around the areas of gender and sexuality.
  • European Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Migration (ESGIM) Research Network ; emerged from a workshop at the University of Lund in September 2014 to build stronger exchanges between scholars and activists and encourage creative partnerships.

Presentations at Conferences and Seminars
- German Anthropological Association Conference at University of Konstanz (29 September to 2 October 2019). Plenary session address : Migration Governance and Racialisation in Anti-Trafficking Interventions targeting Migrant Sex Workers in France.
- European Geographies of Sexualities V Conference at University of Prague (26-29 September 2019). Organised Panel : Provincialising Europe : New Directions in Research on Sexualities, Gender and Migration.
- The 8th International Critical Geography Conference at University of Athens (19-23 April 2019). Organised Panel : Gender, Bodies and Sexuality : Embodied Neoliberalism and New Forms of Migration Control.
- ProsCrim Workshop (Prostitution and Migration : Governing Migration, Regulation Sexualities) at SciencesPo Paris (20-21 December 2018). Paper Title : Racial borders in the neo-abolitionist paradigm of sex work in France.
- Seminar (Laboratorio Corpi, Diritti, Conflitti) at Sociology department University of Palermo (12 December 2018). Paper Title : La razzializazione delle vittime della tratta e umanitarismo sessuale.
- AIDS 2018 Global conference in Amsterdam RAI centre (26 July 2018). Paper Title : "Ending demand" in France : The impact of the criminalisation of sex workers´ clients on sex workers’ health, security and exposure to HIV.
- Roundtable : Monstrosity and the ’refugee/migrant crises’ at Birkbeck College, London (12 June 2018). Paper Title : ‘Radical alterity’ and witchcraft : the case of Nigerian women in the anti-trafficking mechanism in France.
- Gender and Migration seminar at Paris VII Diderot (15 May 2018). Paper Title : Pénalisation sans Protection ? Premiers retours sur le programme SEXHUM et singularités françaises de l’ humanitarisme sexuel.
- Queer migration, diaspora and asylum in Europe at UCL University of London (9 December 2017). Paper Title : New Asylum Protection Categories and Elusive Filtering Devices : The Case of Queer Asylum in France and Britain.
- Observatoire Sociologique du Changement Seminar Series at Sciences Po Paris (1 December 2017). Paper Title : Queer Asylum in France and the UK.
- Men in Movement Conference at University of Rome (5-6 December 2016). Paper Title : ’Fragmented’ Masculinities on the Move.
- Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie at University of
Basel (11-13 September 2016). Paper Title : Exploring Sexual Humanitarianism : Presentation of Research Findings
- Representing Sexual Humanitarianism International workshop at National Museum (MuCEM) in Marseille (23-24 September 2015) organised by Calogero Giametta and Nick Mai. Paper title : Assembling notes on Sexual Humanitarianism : focus on asylum and human trafficking
- III European Geographies of Sexualities conference at Università degli studi di Roma, Rome (September 2015). Paper title : Intersectional analysis through participant observation
- Working paper at LSE Gender Institute, London (February 2015). Paper title : Embodied borders : human trafficking and asylum
- Working paper at LAMES Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence (December 2014). Paper title : Reorienting Participation—participative filmmaking and theatre as research methods
- Queer migrations and mobilities workshop at University of Lund, Lund (September 2014). Paper title : Somatic borders—problematizing sexual humanitarianism
- Queering ESOL workshop at University of Leeds, Leeds (March 2014). Paper title : Sexuality as a rights-claiming object and the politics of humanitarianism
- European geographies of sexualities at University Nova, Lisbon (September 2013). Paper title : What does the humanitarian apparatus produce when sexuality becomes a rights-claiming object ?
- (Im)possibly queer international feminisms at University of Sussex, Brighton (May 2013). Paper title : The problems with the notion of ‘soft-touch-ness’ to define European immigration control practices
- Queer sexualities, nationalism and racism in the new Europe at South Bank University, London (October 2012). Paper title : Sexual minority asylum seekers and the notion of sexual politics
- ‘Race’, ethnicity and post-colonial studies symposium at City University, London (June 2012). Paper title : The necessity of a postcolonial critical lens to address the issues of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK
- Marginal cartographies : researching beyond borders at University of Warwick, Coventry (April 2012). Paper title : ‘All of sudden I was a lesbian— narratives of sexual minority asylum seekers facing the UK law
- Queering migrations : orientations, rights and sexualities in motion at London Metropolitan University, London (February 2012). Paper title : Hidden Orientations : preliminary findings of a study of sexual minority refugees.

- with artist Clément Caignart for the exhibition The Whole Show (at La Friche, Marseille), it involved co-creating visual elements based on my ethnographic work exploring questions of sexual subjectivity, gender identifications, and racism in the context of migration in France and the UK.
- with artist Richard John Jones for the exhibition The Summit of Sex (at Open East School, London), it involved elaborating on my research findings on the management of migration and sexuality in sexuality-based asylum claims with a group of artists and academics as well as the production of a text.
- Participation and Coordination of International Rainbow theatre group. The group consists of sexual minority asylum seekers and refugees and it is based in London (2012-2013).