Laura grew up in central Italy, where she received her B.A, from University of Bologna, in Sociology of Culture. She worked in a homeless shelter for three years. She eventually burnt out and moved to New York to pursue her M.A. in Gender and Women' s Studies.
She then continued her studies in Immigration and Urban Sociology and completed her Ph.D. in Visual and Post-colonial Studies at University of Naples in 2007.
She taught at University of Padua Italy, a new curriculum on Gender and Political Participation, and in the U.S. at New York University and City University of New York. She recently joined the the San Francisco Art Institute School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
• 2014 "Impossible Trajectories," in Women in Public Higher Education, Personal Reflections. Deborah Gambs and Rose Kim, Eds. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan). (forthcoming).
• 2013 Queerness in Videogames, Digital Creativity, Vol 22. No. 3.
• 2013 "Writing Asian Diasporas, Envisioning Hybrid Identities" for the journal Anglistica, special issue titled "Women Writing Exile".
• 2011 editor of Gender and Precarity, ScriptaWeb, Naples, Italy.
• 2010 chapter in Educare al Genere, Carocci, Milano edited by Giulia Selmi and Agnese Maria Maio
produced two documentaries on Gender and Resistance, and worked with a photographer to the related photo shows.
- Re-sisters of contemporary globalization
-R-esistenze, interviews with anti-fascist women in Italy.See: http://www.newmedialab.cuny.edu/laura/resistances-existences.htm
- Theories of contemporary Visual Arts
- Postcoloniality, migration and diasporas
- gendered forms of transmission of knowledge
- social theory formal and informal education of women
- urban ethnography, globalization and spatial injustices
- xenophobia in contemporary Europe, discrimination against Roma Gypsies and refugees from the Balkans
- informal labor, gender and precarity in Europe