I was born in a small town in Central Italy. I received my BA from University of Rome in 2005 in Anthropology and Linguistics. After working for NGOs in Kenya and traveling around West Africa and Southeast Asia, I started my PhD in Social Anthropology at Harvard University. During my years there I conducted research in Thailand, Cambodia, and Venezuela and collaborated with architects, artists, and journalists. In 2012 I published my first book, Red Journey: Inside the Thai Red-Shirt Movement with Silkworm Book and Washington University Press. I received my PhD in 2013 with a dissertation entitled "The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxis Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok," which I just made into a book. Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow at All Souls College, a research associate at the Future of Cities Center, and I teach at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University. I am now working on Awakened, a graphic novel about contemporary Thailand.
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