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Federica Guccini

Postdoctoral associate, Western University

Federica Guccini is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Western University, where she researches creative expressions of trauma and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among social media users. Her work is part of a broader interdisciplinary project on NSSI under the supervision of Dr. Gerald McKinley.

Federica received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and a collaborative specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations from Western University in December 2022. Her doctoral research explored transcultural identity formation and translingual practices among the Hakka Chinese Mauritian community in the Indian Ocean island state Mauritius. Her dissertation project was funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Other research areas include names/naming practices, (heritage) language learning, raciolinguistic ideologies, and gender and sexuality research. Federica currently teaches a course on language(s) in Canada at the Department of Anthropology at Western University.

In her spare time, she loves dissecting pop-culture through lenses of anthropology and intersectional feminism.


  • 2023–present
    Postdoctoral associate, Western University


  • 2022 
    Western University, Ph.D. Anthropology
  • 2017 
    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, M.A. 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