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Biography

I am a Phd Candidate at the Department of Political and Social Sciences.

In my work, I combine fieldwork and statistics to study social behaviors and the effects of public policies. My dissertation investigates why West African agricultural workers in Italy live in segregated shanty towns and rely on illegal intermediaries to find a job. My previous research focuses on how personal contacts affect immigrants’ legal status and on the effects of the Great Recession on unauthorized immigrants in Italy.

I hold a Msc in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University and a Ba in Social Sciences for Cooperation and Development from the University of Pavia. During my Phd, I spent visiting periods at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and at the Immigration Policy Lab at ETH Zurich. My research has received financial support from the Franceschi Young Professional Grant.