1. Classical authors in the history of European Political Thought
(Hobbes, Spinoza, Marx).
2. History of German political, social and legal sciences between
the 19th and the 20th century.
3. History and current transformations of the concept of
4. Contemporary critical theory (in particular the developments of
5. Globalization and contemporary migration.
6. Postcolonial studies.
7. History of African-American political thought, with particular
reference to the work of W.,E.B. Du Bois.
8. Transformations of borders in the global age.
In my research work the original interests in classical authors of
the history of European moderno political thought (above all
Hobbes, Spinoza and Marx) and for the development of political,
social and legal sciences in Germany between the 19th and the 20th
century have been enriched by a series of projects focussing on key
issues at stake in contemporary debates in the field of political
theory and philosophy. Many of my recent works have centered upon
the concept of citizenship: I have offered a historical account of
its development in modern times and contemporary tensions and
transformations, particularly with regard to migratory movements
and globalization. In the framework of this resaerch I started to
work in the field of postcolonial studies and theory: I have
published several essays and a monograph on the issue, where I
particularly try to promote and foster a dialog between
postcolonial criticism and so-called "post-operaism" . Moreover I
am currently involved in a research project on the political
thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: I have edited a reader of his work
in Italian and I have published several essays on on his work. An other
topic taht figures prominently in my research work and writing are
the current transformations of borders in the framework of
globalization processes. I have published a book on this topic with my friend and
colleague Brett Neilson (Western Sydney University), entitled
"Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor" (Duke University Press 2013). Over the last years I have continued to closely cooperate with Brett, focusing our collaborative research and writing on the transformations of contemporary capitalism: a first outcome of this work is a further monograph, "The Politics of Operations. Excavating Contemporary Capitalism" (Duke University Press 2019).