Angelica Pesarini

Assistant Professor
Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies Jackman Humanities Building 170 St. George Street, Room 230B Toronto, ON, M5R 2M8



Department of Italian Studies

Areas of Interest

Dr. Pesarini's work explores the dynamics of race performativity with a focus on colonial and postcolonial Italy and  she is also interested in the racialization of the Italian political discourse on immigration. She has previously conducted research on gender roles and the development of economic activities within some Roma communities in Italy, and has analyzed strategies of survival, risks and opportunities associated with male prostitution in Rome. Active in  anti-racist debates in Italy, she is the author of several publications on issues of race in Italy, both in English and Italian, and is a member of The Black Mediterranean Collective, which just published The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders, and Citizenship (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). 


Dr Angelica Pesarini is an Assistant Professor in Race and Cultural Studies / Race and Diaspora and Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and works on the intersections of race, gender, citizenship and identity in Italy.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Leeds with a dissertation on “Colour Strategies:  Negotiations of Black Mixed Race Women’s Identities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Italy”, and has taught courses in Gender, Race and Sexuality at Lancaster University and courses in Race and Immigration in Italy at New York University’s Florence Campus.