Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. Presented the seminar “The Conceptualisation and Implementation of Human Rights in Local Policy,” 2012.
Advancing Your International Academic Career seminar series, Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra. Presented the seminar “Pursuing your international academic career: web resources for job and funding opportunities,” 2012.
Human Rights Seminar series, Columbia University, New York. Presented the seminar “The construction and implementation of human rights in US and European Cities,” 2011.
PhD programme "Democracy in the 21st Century,"Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra. Co-taught the core course "Democratic Theory," academic year 2011/12.
PhD programme, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Presented the seminar "Las políticas locales de derechos humanos: conceptos, instituciones y resultados," 2010.
MA in Political Science, James Madison University, Florence. Taught the course "European Social Policy," January-April 2009.
BA course “The Sociology of Europe,” University of Florence. Gave a lecture on “Europe and non-discrimination: acting at the city level,” academic year 2007-08.
BA course "Sociology of Peace," University of Pisa. Presented the three-day seminar 'I diritti umani e lo sviluppo' (Human rights and development), academic year 2005-06.
BA course "Sociology of Development and Peace," University of Pisa. Gave lectures on "Il sistema internazionale dei diritti umani" (The international human rights system) and "L'approccio diritti umani allo sviluppo: una prospettiva di genere" (The human rights approach to development: a gender perspective"), academic year 2004-05.
As a teacher, I am guided by four core ideas. Firstly, I believe in the fundamental connection between research and teaching. Secondly, I try to adapt both the content and style of teaching to the size, background and needs of students as well as the priorities of the academic institution. Thirdly, when I teach I try to stimulate critical thinking against the background of a solid knowledge. In this respect, the interaction in class between teacher and students is crucial. Fourthly, I remain open to consultation with the students and the institution regarding both content and evaluation methods.
I try to adapt these four perspectives to teaching at different levels of education. I have teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I feel competent to teach in the areas of sociology of human rights, urban sociology and politics, European politics, public policy.