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Federica Guccini

PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Western University

Federica Guccini is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology with a collaborative specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations. Her doctoral research at Western University focuses on the intersections of migration, diversity, language, identity and heritage among the Chinese population in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Her dissertation project is funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Other research areas include names/naming practices, online ethnography and non-suicidal self-injury content on social media. Federica also has an interest in higher education pedagogies and holds a part-time position at Western's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), where she helps develop and facilitate teaching workshops aimed at graduate students.

In her spare time, she sings in competitive a cappella groups and loves dissecting pop-culture through lenses of anthropology and intersectional feminism.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Western University


  • 2017 
    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, MA in Anthropology


  • 2022
    Guccini, Federica and Gerald McKinley. “How deep do I have to cut?“: Non-suicidal self-injury and imagined communities of practice on Tumblr, Social Science & Medicine 296:1-9.
  • 2021
    Guccini, Federica and Mingyuan Zhang. 'Being Chinese' in Mauritius and Madagascar: Comparing Chinese diasporic communities in the western Indian Ocean, The Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies 4 (2): 91-117.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada