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 at the New York University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and recently as visiting professor in China at Xiamen University.
• 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