I was born some years after the 1973 Arab–Israeli War, which coincided with the beginning of the oil crisis and 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. I spent two years as a visiting PhD student at the Central European University 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 position at Glasgow.

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