I am a social anthropologist, with a specialisation in medical anthropology.
At LSTM, I collaborate with the MIRA project, working on the socio-cultural factors that affect malaria prevalence and transmission. My job, in practice, is to engage in everyday activities with local communities (living in the village, learning the language and the ‘know-how’ of local practices) so to understand what behaviours may affect exposure to mosquito bites.
I earned my doctorate at Brunel University (2016). In my thesis, I explore the construction of moral identities in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. My PhD stems from the research I conducted for my master’s (University of Bologna, 2010), through which I investigated the role of national genocide commemorations as a nation-building mechanism.
Prior to that, I worked on the virtual movements known as ‘pro-ana/mia’ (pro-anorexia/bulimia) and on the ways in which individuals appropriate and re-shape biomedical diagnosis (University of Bologna, 2007).
I am an alumna of the Collegio Superiore (Bologna, Italy), of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France) and of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium).