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.
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