Dr. Elisa Lanari

Curriculum Vitae


Elisa Lanari is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. Trained as a cultural and urban anthropologist, Elisa studies inequality, migration, place, and social difference across different geographies—focusing on “new” immigrant destinations in both the US South and Italy. At the MPI-MMG, she is developing a new project exploring the social, economic, and ecological impacts of migration in the small Alpine and foothill cities of Veneto, in northeastern Italy.

Elisa obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University (2019). Her dissertation, funded by the Wenner-Gren and the National Science Foundation, analyzed how immigrants and working poor populations reshaped the social life, spaces, and politics of Atlanta’s white-flight suburbs. Specifically, it combined history and ethnography to study a privatized and supposedly “post-racial” project of city-making as it emerged and evolved in one of these suburbs.

Before joining the MPI, Elisa was a Visiting Researcher at the SSIIM UNESCO Chair of the IUAV University of Venice, where she worked within two different research-action projects focusing on “best practices” for the socio-spatial inclusion of migrants and asylum seekers in the cities of Veneto. She holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology, and Ethno-Linguistics (2010) and a BA in Philosophy (2007) from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lanari, Elisa. 2019. “Envisioning a New City Center: Time, Displacement, and Atlanta’s Suburban Futures.” City & Society 31 (3): 365–91, https://doi.org/10.1111/ciso.12224

Lanari, Elisa. 2017. “Excluded from ‘Everybody’s Neighborhood?’ Constructing Sandy Springs’ New City Center.” Atlanta Studies, https://doi.org/10.18737/atls20170209

Book Chapters

Lanari, Elisa. [forthcoming] “ ‘Here, Morality is a Sense of Entitlement’: Citizenship, Deservingness and Inequality in Suburban Atlanta,” in Ethnographies of Deservingness. Unpacking Ideologies of Distribution and Inequality. Andreas Streinzer and Jelena Tošić, eds. EASA Series. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.


Garofalo, Livia,  Elisa Lanari, and Martina Cavicchioli. 2020. “Sounds Fishy? The “Sardine” movement in Italy.” Anthropology News website, September 10, 2020. DOI: 10.14506/AN.148

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