Trained in Islamic studies (University of Rome, Italy) and the history of Southeast Asia (SOAS, London), I focus on Islam as a
lived religion and as a political ideology in 20th-century Indonesia and Southeast Asia more broadly. As such, my interests lie at
the disciplinary intersection between Islamic Studies, History, and Area Studies, methodologically resting on archival research as
well as ethnography. My current research has two foci: first, I am pursuing a comparative study of the historical genesis and
contemporary status of minorities in Southeast Asia (Burma/Myanmar, Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore). Second, I am delving into
the disciplinary relation between Asian Studies and Islamic Studies.
I teach courses on various aspects of religion in Asia, with a focus on Islam and Southeast Asia. Among these are the general
education course "Controversy and Debate in Islam" and the advanced seminars "Muslim Resistance: Shi'a Islam in Asia" and "Performing
Islam in Southeast Asia."
I am interested in supervising honors' theses and graduate students working on aspects of Islam in Asia (from its Central region
to the Far East), and on the history of Southeast Asia.