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Research interests

I am interested in language and gender in Italy/Italian. My research examines sexist language used to reconstruct the traditional arrangement in Italian society (men/public - women/private) and failed and successful attempts to subvert this. Using quantitative (corpus linguistics) and qualitative methods, I explore generic terms (grammatically masculine) to refer to female politicians as well as sexual terms to insult them. I also worked on media and parliamentary language when describing the gendered crime of femminicidio. Recently, I have investigated conventional messages used by fathers to police (their) daughters' sexuality.

At the moment, I am working on the public response to the Gillette advert (with Dr Mandie Iveson), inclusive language in Italian (with Dr Anna Lisa Somma) and on representation of violence against women in newspapers (with Dr Laura Torre) and in the TV news.


Scholarly biography

I obtained my PhD at Lancaster University in June 2014. The title of my PhD is "Gender and language use in the Italian parliament"

During and after the PhD, I taught in several universities (listed below= as a fixed-term lecturer or an associate tutor. Before I joined Brighton University (in 2018), I experienced what many early career researchers and wanna-be lecturers are facing, that is a very difficult job market. 


Edge Hill University - Associate Tutor in English Language and Visiting Lecturer 

A.y. 2015-2016 to 2017-2018 

Studying English Language, level 4 

Language and Meaning, level 4 

Methodology, level 5   

Introduction to variationist sociolinguistics, level 5 

Communicating Sexuality, level 6  

Gender and Language, level 6,  


Lancaster University - various roles 

A.y. 2017-2018, Italian, level 4 (Teaching Assistant) 

A.y. 2017-2018, Italian for business 

2015, 2017, EAP (Tutor) 

A.y. 2016-2017, Language in the media, level 6 (Associate Lecturer) 

A.y. 2014-2015 and 2013-2014, Language of the Advertising, level 5 (Part-time Tutor) 

2014 - 2018, Lead Mentor Corpus Linguistics MOOCCASS (Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science), Lancaster University. 


The University of Sheffield - Teaching Associate 

A.y. 2016-2017, Varieties of English, level 4  

   Language and gender (module leader), level 6  

   Research Methods in Linguistics, level 7   

   UG and MA thesis supervisor 


Salford University - Lecturer 

A.y. 2015-2016, Corpus Linguistics, level 6 


Westminster University - Visiting Lecturer 

A.y. 2015-2016, Gender and Language in interaction, level 6. 


Loughborough University - University Teacher 

A.y. 2015-2016, Introduction to Multimodality, level 5  


Middlesex University - Lecturer 

A.y. 2014-2015, Communication Techniques, level 6 


Liverpool Hope University - Lecturer 

A.y. 2014-2015, Research methods in Linguistics, level 7 


UCLan - Visiting Lecturer 

A.y. 2012-2013, Framing the news, level 6 


The University of Manchester - Associate Tutor 

A.y. 2010-2011, Introduction to sociolinguistics, level 4  

    Language and gender, level 6 and 7 


Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising students in the following disciplines (or combination of these):

- language, gender and sexuality

- corpus linguistics

- multimodality

- discourses around racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia

- language describing violence against women in UK and other parts of the world.


Please do contact me if you are interested in spending a visiting period for your PhD research. 

A Master student I surpervised in the a.y. 2019/2020 has recently won the Best Student Essay at the IGALA11 CONFERENCE (International gender and language association), Queen's Mary 2021.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University

Award Date: 25 Jun 2014


  • PC Romance languages
  • gender
  • language and gender
  • Italian


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