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Tutor in Modern European Culture, UCL

I was educated at Oxford and Turin, and taught in various Italian universities before becoming to UCL, where I now teach, with a two-year Marie Curie fellowship in 2012.

My current chief research interest lies in incognito social investigation texts: i.e., those that describe experiences such as Orwell's in Down and out in Paris and London, Barbara Ehrenreich's in Nickel and Dimed or Jack London's in The People of the Abyss - in other words, where authors have pretended to be poor for a certain amount of time and then reported back on it.

I have also written a book on the literary relationship between G.K. Chesterton and George Orwell, and both authors continue to fascinate me.


  • –present
    Teaching Fellow, University College London