Laura Fantone, PhD, has been researching gender and immigration issues at University of California, Berkeley. She is writing a book on gender in California art from the 1970s and Asian American cultures. Before moving to the United States, she published various books in Italy and produced two documentaries and photo exhibits on gender, globalization, activism, contested historical memory, and political participation. Her most recent ethnographic project engaged with xenophobia in Italy and displacement of Roma (Gypsies) in the Balkans.
Outside of work, Laura divides her time between Italy, California, and the web, where she studies, chats, and plays retro-video games.
- Curator of Romani Leaving/ Living, a photography exhibition by Italian photographer Ippolit Franciosi, The New Parish,Oakland, May 2013
- Supporting member of AAWAA, Asian American Women Artists’ Association San Francisco, for the 2013 show Shifting Currents, SOMArts, San Francisco, April 2013)
- Co-Editor with Paola Bacchetta of Trans-Q- Fem: Elementi di critica femministra transnazionale, ScriptaWeb, Italy 2013 (forthcoming)
- 2012 editorial board member for the journal Digital Creativity (London, Routledge)
- “Riots and Ruins of Citizenship,” critical essay for artist Michelle Dizon’s installation Civil Society at CUE ART Foundation, New York, 2010
- “Female Player From Margin to Center,” article on gender and videogames for the journal Digital Creativity, November 2009
- Editor, Re-Sisters, book of interviews with Marjane Satrapi, Arundhati Roy, Madres de la Plaza de Mayo. Florence, Italy: Morgana Edizioni, 2008.
- PhD in Post-Colonial Studies, University of Naples Orientale, Italy
- M. Phil. in Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, City University of New York