Urbana, IL 61801 MC-442
I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, where I worked as an instructor of Global Studies and Sociology. My teaching and research areas include globalization, the environment, global health, migration and gender. Prior to re-joining the University of Illinois in 2018, I have taught for Bard College and for the Bard Prison Initiative. I continue to be based in Illinois and in New York State
In my personal time, I enjoy reading, long walks, and swimming, as well as visiting my family in Italy and in Malaysia.
Citizenship and Migration
My current research considers displaced persons' - migrants, refugees, asylum seekers - in making green economic growth possible, in Europe, in Southeast Asia and in the US Midwest. This work includes my in-progress book Green-Glass Ceilings: Neapolitan Women and The Politics of Waste, and journal articles in International Labor and Working Class History (2019), Migration Studies (2018), the European Journal of Women’s Studies (2018) and in Capitalism, Nature Socialism (2015).
My collaborative work on the migration-development nexus and on transnational families has been published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2014), in the co-authored book Transnational Families of Italian Emigrants (edited by Celid, 2019) and in the Migrantes Foundation’s 2017 Report on Italians in the World (Rapporto Italiani Nel Mondo).
2010. MA,Middle Eastern Studies, University of Naples "L'Orientale"
2008. BA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Naples "L'Orientale"
Awards and Honors
2020: Recipient of the LAS Impact Award, in recognition of inspiring efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic
2018-present: University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students: Global Health -GLBL 240 (2019, 2020), Global Health Interventions and Evaluations - GLBL 440 (2018, 2019, 2020), Global Health Policy and Governance -GLBL 340 (2019, 2020, 2021), Foundations of Research -GLBL 200 (2019, 2020, 2021), Global Development -GLBL 250 (2019)
Global Health - GLBL 240
Introduction to Global Studies - GLBL 100
Global Health -Interventions and Evaluations - GLBL 440
Global Health Governance - GLBL 340
Global Development - GLBL 250
GLBL 200 - Foundations of Social Research
TA: Introduction to Sociology, Social Research Methods, Advanced Methods of Field Research, Technology and Society
Environmental Sociology (Bard College, 2018)
Introduction to Sociology (Bard College, 2018)
Public Health and the Environment (Bard College Prison Initiative, 2018)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Global Studies and in Women and Gender in a Global Perspective
2019 Valeria Bonatti, Alvise Del Pra, Brunella Rallo and Maddalena Tirabbassi Famiglie Transnazionali Dell’Italia che Emigra (Transnational Families of Italian Emigrants) Edited by Celid – Centro Altreitalie.
Bonatti, Valeria. 2020 "Landscapes of Care and Isolation in the 21st Century: A focus on Migrant Women in Italy" Europe Now Published October 13 2020 Available at https://www.europenowjournal.org/2020/10/11/landscape-of-care-and-isolation-in-the-21st-century-a-focus-on-migrant-women-in-italy/
Peer-reviewed journal articles
2019 Bonatti, Valeria, and Zsuzsa Gille “Changing Registers of Visibility: Female Immigrant Domestic Workers in Naples.” International Labor and Working-Class History 95, 114-129. doi:10.1017/S0147547919000085
2018 Bonatti, Valeria, and Parthiban Muniandy. “Defiant Aspirations: Migrant Women’s Critical Temporalities in Naples and Kuala Lumpur” Migration Studies (Published online October 29) doi: 10.1093/migration/mny039
2017 “Taking out the Garbage: Migrant women’s unseen environmental work” European Journal of Women’s Studies 25.no 1 41-55
2015 “Mobilizing Around Motherhood: Successes and challenges for women protesting against toxic waste in Campania, Italy” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 26 no. 4 pp 158 - 175
2014 Muniandy, Parthiban, and Valeria Bonatti. “Are Migrants Agents or Instruments of Development? The Case of Temporary Migration in Malaysia” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40 no. 11 pp 1836-1853