I was born some years after the 1973 Arab–Israeli War/the oil crisis/the collapse of the Bretton Wood system. I was raised in economically booming and politically shady Milan, where at public universities I obtained an MA in Political Sciences in 2004, and a PhD in Urban Sociology five years later, while spending two years as visiting PhD student at CEU in Budapest.

I have then held precarious posts, paid by research grants and fellowships, at Fieri (Turin); ISPMN, (Cluj-Napoca); HSE (Moscow); IAS-CEU (Budapest); EUV (Frankfurt-Oder) and the University of Birmingham, before landing on a tenure at Glasgow.

My work is mostly influenced by the surroundings of Milan Central Station, where I grew up, and by a combination of jazz and klezmer, where I like to hide.