Position and Affiliated Institution
Full Professor, University of Bologna, Italy
Ph.D Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria.
Education and Academic Employment
• Full professor, University of Bologna, Italy, since February 2016
• Guest Professor, University of Vienna, Spring semester 2011
• Managing Director and Research Director, Centre for Immigration Research and Services, Prato, Italy, June 1994- January 2007
• Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy, 2006-2016
• Researcher, University of Bologna, Italy, 2002-2006
• Lecturer, University of Bologna, Italy, 1999-2002
Migration, Migrant Entrepreneurship and Labor issues, Chinese Migration, Chinese Diaspora, Chinese Linguistics, Interactions between Language and Society.
Fields of Research Interests
My writing and teaching focus on the conceptual and methodological dimensions of migration. My work builds upon the fields of critical migration studies, labor studies, and urban studies. Major research foci include the emergence of new labor regimes and the role of migrants in processes of urban, regional, and industry restructuring.
My writing and teaching also revolve around linguistics with a focus on the formation of compound words in Chinese. Recently research also focuses on language and power as reflected in the interactions between new words and social practices.
Transnational Chinese. Fujianese Migrants in Europe, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004 (with Frank N. Pieke, Pál Nyíri and Mette Thunø).
‘Chinese neologisms: Word Formation Strategies in Chinese’ in The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language, edited by Sin-Wai Chan, Routledge, 2016, 227-241.
‘Compressing Diversity: Ethnicization of the Workforce and Outsourcing of Social Reproduction as Assets for the Italian Fashion Industry’, Journal of Population and Social Studies,, 2016, 2/1, 92 – 111.
‘The Mobile Emplacement: Chinese Migrants in Italian Industrial Districts’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2015, 41/7, 1111-1130 | DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2014.967755.
‘Sino- Tibetan: Mandarin Chinese’ in The Oxford Book of Compounding, edited by Rochelle Lieber and Pal Stekauer , Oxford University Press, 2009, 478-490, (with Bianca Basciano).