I am currently Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Programme (UU) and Head of Department Humanities at University College Utrecht (UCU)
My expertise is gender and postcolonial critique from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. My research areas include postcolonial studies, transnational feminist theories, comparative literature, Italian colonial history, European migration studies, visual culture, postcolonial cinema, media and conflict studies. I studied English and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) and University of Sussex (UK) and received my Ph.D., in Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Utrecht University. I was Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles Women’s Studies Program and visiting scholar at the University of California, Riverside.
I am founder and coordinator of the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI) www.postcolonialstudies.nl
I am also the principal investigator of PEN (Postcolonial Europe Network) the NWO internationalization grant for the humanities.