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Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; B.A., University of Rome
I was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where I graduated with a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Rome "La Sapienza." I also hold an M.S. in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
My research focuses on Asian History as well as Migrations and Diaspora. I coordinate the COF Minor in Migration Studies.
My own personal diaspora started when I moved to Nanjing, China after graduating from College. In China I studied Mandarin and worked for two years before moving to Atlanta, GA. In the US, I have moved two more times as I am looking for "home." Boston might be it!
What I Love About Emmanuel:
I love the fact that I know all my students by name, that I am able to advise them closely and personally follow their progress. I love to see them grow into adults engaged and interested in the academic subjects and in the world around them. I love the fact that at Emmanuel the marvels of education are tangible.
Ravagnoli, Violetta, Book Review of God’s Little Daughters: Catholic Women in Nineteenth-Century Manchuria, by Ji Li. ChiMoKoJa - Histories of China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan, (Summer, 2018).
I am interested in East Asian history and in its intertwining with the history of global migrations.
I am working on a manuscript that concerns the origins and development of the twentieth and twenty-first century migration of Chinese to Europe, Italy, Rome, and one neighborhood within Rome.
I have recently started working on a new project on Chinese and Italian immigration to Boston. The tentative title of the project is Chinese and Italians immigrants in 19th and 20th century Boston - a glocal approach.
My research is based on a combination of primary sources, oral history accounts, and ethnographic fieldwork in both sending and receiving communities.