I graduated in Modern Languages (English, Russian, Italian) from Rome La Sapienza University and continued my studies in the UK, obtaining an MA from Salford University and a PhD in Linguistics from Manchester University. I was appointed at Liverpool in 2006.
My main research interests lie within Sociolinguistics. My research is situated at the intersection of language and spatial constructions of identity from multiple perspectives, such as minority and regional languages (including migrant languages), language policy, language and memorialisation, transnational spaces and borderscapes. An Italianist by training, my research projects extend outside Italian-speaking areas and issues of Italian interest. I’m currently working on a project about the reorganisation of domestic space and time in the time of Covid (investing language and wider semiotics), with data gathered from UK households. My work on decolonial approaches to research underpins my current role as Co-I for the AHRC international networking project Multilingual Heritage: Challenging monolingual memorialisation (AH/T008474/1).
I have supervised PhD projects relating to the above areas, and not limited to Italophone contexts. I am interested to talk to potential postgraduate applicants who wish to develop projects related to my research specialism.