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I joined the University of Copenhagen in 2016 after holding positions at Harvard University and at Mount Holyoke College. I am currently PI and coordinator for the Danish team in a large European research project funded by NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age research program ‘Extreme Identities: A Linguistic and Visual Analysis of European Far-Right Online Communities' Politics of Identity [ExId]’ (project start 2020), and I mentor a Marie Curie Sklodowska project on voters supporting far-right political parites in Western and Central Eastern Europe by Malgorzata Kurjanska.
I have been the PI of the EU co-funded research project “Translating Diversity—Refugee women's and LGBT refugees' voices, protest, and intersectional coalitions on gender and migration in Germany and Denmark” (2016-2018).
At the Department of Sociology, I coordinate the Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies and I am a member of the Culture and Civil Society Research Group and the KU’s Centre for Advanced Migration Studies. I co-chaired the European Sociological Association network on Social Movements (2010-13), and I hold a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence (2009).
2013-2015 Assistant Professor of International Relations associated to the Department of Sociology, Women’s Research College Mount Holyoke, United States
2011-2012 Harvard Democracy Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
2010-2012 EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Irvine, Department of Sociology
In my monograph Political Translation—How Social Movement Democracies Survive (Cambridge University Press, 2018) I investigate the intellectual contribution and grassroots democratic leadership style of migrants, and feminists and LGBTI persons of color in US social movements, at the local level of democracy, and in transnational social movements in Europe. I try to understand how and under what conditions increased linguistic and cultural diversity fosters democratic innovation in the areas of intersectional coalitions with migrants, refugees, and minority groups, and political participation in solidarity cities in Europe and the United States.
Primary fields of research
As a cultural sociologist I study migration, political mobilisation, and intersectional approaches to citizenship focusing on three areas. First, I study migrants' political participation in the context of protests and local democracy in US cities, and in the context of queer and feminist solidarity coalitions with refugee women and LGBTI refugees in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
Second, I work at advancing an interdisciplinary theory and method for combining critical discursive and visual digital media analysis, and I apply this method empirically in order to study political mobilisation, polarisation and public debates on the issues of gender and migration focusig on far right, and right wing populist political actors.
Third, my work connects democratic theory with the microsociology of citizen participation, deliberation and grassroots democracy in societies contending with rising diversity and inequality. In my book Political Translation—How Social Movement Democracies Survive (Cambridge University Press, 2018) I account for the collective practices of political translation, which helped multilingual and culturally diverse community groups and intersectional coalitions work together more inclusively. Based on ethnographic case studies in the US, Germany, Italy, France, and the UK, the analysis reviews a wide range of political deliberations covering high-stakes, fundamental issues, such as inequality in the context of European integration; and polarisation, race, gender, and housing politics and gentrification in the United States.