I am Associate Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca (since 2017) where I teach Intercultural Relations (to postgraduate students) and Cultures, Diversity and Conflicts (to undergraduates). In November 2020, I obtained the National Scientific Habilitation to work as a full professor in Italian universities.
From 2008 to 2017, I was Assistant Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca (where I taught Intercultural Relations; Cultural Processes and Communication; Youth Cultures; Space and Time in Global Societies). From 2005 to 2009, I was Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bergamo (where I taught Sociology).
I took my PhD in Applied Sociology and Research Methods (University of Milano-Bicocca) under the supervision of Carmen Leccardi, in 2005. In the same year, I was awarded the Second National Prize for a Doctoral Thesis on the "Removal of Racial Discrimination and Prejudice", sponsored by the Ministry of Equal Opportunities, UNAR (National Anti-discrimination Office), CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors). This award also funded the publication of my first book Lo spazio del riconoscimento. Forme di associazionismo migratorio a Milano (The space of recognition. Forms of migrants’ associations in Milan), Bologna, Il Mulino, (2008).
From 2005 to 2008, I was post doctorate fellow at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where I conducted a study entitled Le ‘seconde generazioni’ di giovani di origine straniera a Milano. Fra tradizione e modernità (Second-generation Youth in Milan. Between tradition and modernity). Between 2007-2009 I took part in the study 'Strukturwandel der Anerkennung im 21. Jahrhundert' at the Institut für Sozialforschung, J. W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main (Scientific coordinator Axel Honneth). In 2008-2009, I spent 15 months as Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the Institut für Sozialforschung, J. W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, conducting the study ‘Recognition in Multicultural Societies. Italian Associations in Germany’, under the Supervision of Axel Honneth.
From 2009 to 2019 I was involved in both national research projects (funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research) and international research projects (funded by the European Union). Among others: ‘La violenza nelle relazioni di prossimità: generazioni, generi e politiche di intervento (Violence in proximity. Generations, gender and policies – (2010-2012); SAHWA Researching Arab Mediterranean Youth: Towards a New Social Contract’, European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (2014-2017); Giovani italiani in movimento (Italian Youth on the Move) (2017-2018). In 2019 and 2020, I spent 6 months sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung at the Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt University, Berlin, where I conducted the study Becoming adult in Berlin. The transition to adulthood of young Italians in Germany, between mobility and new belongings.
I am currently involved in three research projects: 1) Mapping youth futures: forms of anticipation and youth agency (2019-2022); 2) Widening and diversifying citizen engagement in science (ALLINTERACT), Horizon 2020 European Commission, Framework Programme, (2020-2023); 3) ITA.LI ITALIAN LIVES. Study of life-courses in Italy. A qualitative longitudinal analysis (2018-2022).
Currently I am the coordinator of the 'Everyday Life' research network of the Italian Association of Sociology (2018-2021; after being the secretary of the same research network between 2015-2018) and I am a member of the Steering Committee of the PhD Programmes 'Analysis of Social and Economic Processes' and 'Applied Sociology and Research Methods' (both at the University of Milano-Bicocca). Moreover, I am Vice-Coordinator of the Scientific board of ESA RN 35 Sociology of migration (2021-2023).
My research interests lie primarily in the field of intercultural relations and multicultural societies. I am particularly interested in the concept of 'everyday multiculturalism' in the analysis of how cultural diversity is negotiated in everyday practices. I am also interested in everyday forms of migrants’ political activism and the second generation’s sense of belonging. My second research interest is the field of youth studies and youth cultures. My focus is contemporary life-courses and forms of transition to adulthood, and in particular the concepts of cosmopolitanism and mobility/migration as cultural frameworks in the study of contemporary youth. In general, I adopt qualitative research methods (narrative interviews, focus groups).