Alessandra is a specialist of African Studies with an interest in religion, gender, slavery and contemporary forms of subjection.
Over the last twenty years, she has carried out socio-anthropological and historical research in Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. She also worked on Italian Migrations to Ghana, and migrants’ associative and recreational networks in Milan.
Between 2009 and 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milan-Bicocca with a research project entitled “Dall’Italia all’Africa occidentale. Lavoro migrante, memoria storica, patrimonio culturale”. In the frame of the ERC project 313737 “Shadows of Slavery in West Africa and Beyond. A Historical Anthropology”, she is carrying out research on young female labor migrations from Northern to Southern Ghana, and she supervises the doctoral members of the team.
In collaboration with Centro Studi Archeologia Africana (Milan), she organized the following exhibitions: “Nel segno di Mami Wata, “sirena” del vodu” (Museo degli Sguardi of Rimini 30/10/ 2010-6/1/2011); “Travels to mysterious Africa”, at Accra (2006); “Euhé-Ouachi: un’estetica del disordine” Museo di Storia naturale of Milan (2002-2004).