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." In 2013 I started a six years postdoctoral fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford University. There I became a Research associate at the Future of Cities Center and I lectured at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University. In 2018 I published Owners of the Map, my second book, which won the 2019 Margaret Mead Award. The following year I published my first anthropological graphic novel, The King of Bangkok, which was then translated in Thai and English. Currently I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Social Anthropology department at the Central European University.
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