I am a social anthropologist and writer and currently an assistant research professor at Arizona State University.

As an anthropologist, I use ethnographic methods and theories to study daily life, practices and beliefs. I’ve done field research in various cities in the US, Europe, and Australia.

My writing is influenced by my training in anthropology as well as my interest in adventure, travel, society and culture. I’ve written for Monocle, The Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, The Art of Eating, Vice, Bon Appetit, Petits Propos Culinaires, Gastronomica, Food & Foodways, and Digest Journal, and more. I write a newsletter of short stories and photos at Art of the Escape.

I’ve worked, lived and studied in the U.S., Europe and Australia and received my Ph.D. from The University of Sydney, an M.A. from the University of Gastronomic Sciences and Macquarie University, and my B.A. from Greenville College and I have both US and Italian citizenship.