She is currently Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Programme (UU) and Head of Department Humanities at University College Utrecht (UCU)
Her expertise is gender and postcolonial critique from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her research areas include postcolonial studies, transnational feminist theories, comparative literature, Italian colonial history, European migration studies, visual culture, postcolonial cinema, media and conflict studies. She studied English and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) and University of Sussex (UK) and received her Ph.D., in Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Utrecht University. She was Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles Women’s Studies Program and visiting scholar at the University of California, Riverside.
She is the founder and coordinator of the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI) www.postcolonialstudies.nl
She is also the principal investigator of PEN (Postcolonial Europe Network) the NWO internationalization grant for the humanities.