I am the Principal Investigator of “Writing the Sleep Crisis”, a research project funded by the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust, based between Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Northumbria University (UK). I research and write about contemporary culture, crises, and the politics of time. I’m particularly interested in fiction, non-fiction, film, TV, and digital culture responding to twenty-first-century anxieties and crises that range from climate breakdown and other apocalyptic threats for my first book to the sleep crisis for my second book project. My work considers the understandings of time that shape these crises and our sense of self.


  • PhD in American Studies (University of Nottingham, UK, 2015)
  • FHEA (Fellow of The UK Higher Education Academy, 2018)
  • MPhil in Philosophy (Università degli Studi di Milano, IT, 2010, with an Erasmus year at Paris IV Sorbonne, FR)
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy (Università degli Studi di Milano, IT, 2008)

Academic Appointments:

  • 9/2021 – present: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, META (Social Sciences and Humanities for Science and Technology), Politecnico di Milano, IT
  • 7/2020 – present [on unpaid sabbatical from 9/2021]: Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Humanities, Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, UK
  • 9/2017 – 6/2020: Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Literature, School of English, Drama, American & Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 1/2017 – 8/2017: Lecturer in English, School of Humanities, De Montfort University Leicester, UK
  • 8/2016 – 12/2016: Teaching Fellow in British Studies, Harlaxton College, UK (the British Campus of the University of Evansville)
  • 1/2016 – 6/2016: Associate Lecturer, School of English and Journalism, University of Lincoln, UK
  • 1/2014 – 6/2016: Teaching Affiliate, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, UK

Visiting positions:

  • 8/2017: Research Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • 1/2012: Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, NL

Research and Publications:

I am currently working on my second book project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis”, an analysis of how sleep, and lack thereof, is represented in contemporary writings across fiction, non-fiction, and digital culture. This is the first project to explore cultural engagements with the sleep crisis, namely, the notion that contemporary society is profoundly sleep deprived.

I am an expert in the apocalyptic imagination, on which my main completed research project to date has focussed. My book on the topic, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times, is out with Bloomsbury. Praise for The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: “a landmark study of 21st century fiction”, “a theoretical tour de force”, “a rigorously interdisciplinary work”, “demonstrates the social relevance of literature and literary analysis”. You can read the book’s introduction here.

My criticism, essays and reviews have appeared in venues like boundary 2 onlineASAP/JCritique: Studies in Contemporary FictionOpen Library of HumanitiesC21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writing, edited collections published by Palgrave and Cambridge University Press, and elsewhere. Click on the button below to access the full list.


My current research project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis“, was awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust (Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science 2020-21) and the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2021-22).

In 2017, I was a Research Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (USA), supported by an Alfred A. and Blanche W. Knopf Research Fellowship in the Humanities. At the Ransom Center, I was researching the previously unexplored Jim Crace Papers. In 2012 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University (NL), supported by an Erasmus Mundus grant. My doctoral research at the University of Nottingham (UK) on the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel was funded by a VC Excellence Research EU Scholarship.


In the UK, I previously lectured at the University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, Harlaxton College, the University of Lincoln, and the University of Nottingham. I have extensive experience teaching literature and culture across periods and forms but my teaching specialisms are in contemporary fiction, utopias and dystopias, C20-C21 North American literature and culture, literary and critical theory, and postmodernism.

Committee Work and Services:

I co-founded Contemporary Studies Network and I sit on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies. You can find an up-to-date list of conferences, workshops, and events I’ve organised here.

Public Engagement:

I am committed to making my research accessible to a general audience. Click on the buttons below to access the full list of my media and public writings and a selection of public talks and lectures. Highlights, including media publications, festival work, and podcasts, can be seen in the gallery below.

Full CV available upon request.