My article on Afro-Italian women entrepreneurs and citizenship in Italy was recently published in the journal Social & Cultural Geography. The research that I conducted for this piece was also featured in a press release by the UC Santa Cruz Newscenter!
"The recent wave of immigration into Europe is nothing new for Italy; its proximity to Africa has made it a destination for years, particularly for sub-Saharan refugees. But geographers are keeping an eye on this gateway nation, where newly identified Afro-Italian youth are leading a movement to reform Italy's citizenship laws and women entrepreneurs are emerging as a force.
Camilla Hawthorne, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, says economic stagnation and a resurgence of racist nationalism are shaping conversations about what it means to be Italian in the 21st century."