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Teaching and research staff within Italian Studies.

Italian Studies academic staff

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  • Dr Stuart Oglethorpe - Honorary Research Fellow in Italian Studies
  • Mr Spencer Pearce - Honorary Fellow Lecturer in Italian Studies
  • Dr Christopher Rundle - Honorary Research Fellow in Translation and Interpreting
  • Prof Nigel Vincent - Professor Emeritus of General and Romance Linguistics

Visiting scholar

Gabriella Petti

Visiting Scholar at The School of Art, Language and Cultures, University of Manchester

Enemy on trial /Judicial Discourses on Terrorism Professional Biography Lecturer of Sociology of Deviance and Social Control at the University of Genoa (Italy).


  • Lay Judge at the Juvenile Court of Milan from 2005 to 2010.
  • PhD 2003 (Methodology of Social Research), University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Master of Law 1997, University of Milan.


  • 2005 to present Sociology of Deviance and Social Control, at the University of Genoa
  • 2007 to present PhD courses in Human Sciences and Sociology at the Department of Science of Education, University of Genoa Areas of Research


My main research and publication areas include the phenomena of social control, deviance, marginality and migration, with a particular focus on young migrant people’s issues and international terrorism.

My research is characterised by particular attention to the organizational and caring practices of institutional intervention (public and private) and the mechanisms of criminalization.

My current research project, Enemy on trial /Judicial Discourses on Terrorism, is on the methods of discursive and rhetorical construction of the profile of an Islamic terrorist, and the characteristics of the so-called new terrorism, drawing on judicial documents and judgments.

Areas of Interest

Deviance, Governmentality, Terrorism studies, Ethnography, Qualitative Methodology, Social Marginality, Social Harm, Subjectification and Caring practices, Migration, Juvenile delinquency.