Honorary Research Fellow
I took my first degree at the Università di Palermo, Italy, before gaining an MA and a PhD in History at the University College London. My doctoral thesis, now a book, focuses on labour migration and working class activism in 1960s Detroit and Turin.
Since then I have been interested in the interplay between racial representations, political identity, and social protest.
My work so far has addressed the problem of how a transnational process such as Fordism produced comparable outbursts of social protest in places far apart.
My current research project is on peonage, compulsory work in order to pay a real or alleged debt. I am investigating these forms of unfree labour that persisted in the American South between the 1930s and the 1950s; and the numerous groups and individuals who campaigned, organised, and protested against these practices.
I am also co-writing a book on Antonio Gramsci and his political pedagogy.
- Challenging Global Capitalism: Labor Migration, Radical Struggle and Urban Change in Detroit and Turin (Palgrave, 2013)
- ‘ “I Terroni in Città”: Revisiting Southern Migrants’ Militancy in Turin’s ‘Hot Autumn’, Contemporary European History, 21, 4 (2012)
- ‘Transnational Radicals: Labour Dissent and Political Activism in Detroit and Turin (1950–1970)’, International Review of Social History, 56, (2011), pp. 1-30
- ‘ “Con gran periculo della vita”: lo stupro nella diocesi di Monreale (1590-1680) in Renata Ago and Benedetta Borello (eds), Famiglie. Circolazione di beni, circuiti di affetti in età moderna (Roma: Viella, 2008), pp. 241-283
- ‘Revolution in a comic strip: Gasparazzo and the identity of southern migrants in Turin (1969-1975)’, International Review of Social History, Vol. 52, Supplement 15, (2007), pp. 59-75
- ‘Gli operai, gli immigrati, la rivoluzione. Detroit e Torino: un’ipotesi comparativa (1967-1973)’, Meridiana, n. 56 (2007), pp. 47-69