Teaching is the main reason why I do what I do: I find working with students exceptionally rewarding.
As a teacher, I prompt students to consider the implications of current political debates. I do not weigh in on any side. Instead, I present analytical tools to understand contemporary issues. My goal is to place such debates in the broader political, normative and historical context in which they arise.
I implement this philosophy prompting students to work on the sources, develop their own argument, and defend it (and often disagree) on scientific grounds. I also invite students to think of themselves as the bridge between academic theories and human affairs. This way, courses can lead to the production of collaborative projects for the community, such as short articles, podcasts, websites.
At the School of Transnational Governance I coordinate two master seminars: 'Global Migration Politics' (Fall term 2021) and 'Regulating Migration and Citizenship: Key Policy Challenges' (Spring Term 2022).
I previously taught a bachelor's level course on 'The European Union as a polity in the making' at the Department of Social Sciences of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Fall semester 2016/17) and a bachelor's course, also on 'The European Union as a polity in the making' (Fall semester 2016/17), at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Trento as part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence's program. Finally, I have taught a master's level course on ‘The origins and developments of the European Union’ at the School of Political Science of the University of Florence.
I have given occasional guest lectures on 'Italian Territorial Politics' for the master's programme of James Madison University in Florence (2017), 'The Multilevel Politics of Migration' for the master's programme of the Centre international de formation européenne in Berlin (2017), and 'Health and Migration' for the master's programme Changing Societies of the University of Basel (2018).
I have also given classes in secondary schools. In the Spring of 2015 I have taught on the history and the politics of the European Union in five high schools of the Province of Florence as part of the publicly funded project ‘Europe at School’.