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Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

I am Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Deakin University and Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
My major area of expertise is the study of political violence and hate crime, with a main focus on the empirical evaluation of prevention and reduction programs in Australia and South East Asia. I have experience in researching prejudice against immigrants and religious out-groups, and the online propaganda of extremist and violent political groups. I have good working knowledge of quantitative research, experimental methods and mixed-methods research approaches.
I live in Melbourne, Australia.

Website: www.tacklinghate.org
Twitter @teoverga

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Vergani, M., Navarro C. (2021) Hate Crime Reporting: The Relationship Between Types of Barriers and Perceived Severity, «European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research»
Vergani, M., Navarro, C., Freilich, J., Chermak, S. (2021) Comparing different sources of data to examine trends of hate crime in absence of official registers, «American Journal of Criminal Justice»
Barton, G., Vergani, M., Wahid, Y. (2021) Santri with attitude: support for terrorism and negative attitudes to non-Muslims among Indonesian observant Muslims, «Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression»

Experience

  • –present
    Research fellow at GTReC, Monash University

Education

  • 2011 
    Catholic University of Milan, PhD