Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti is a current Research Associate for the Global History Lab and a political anthropologist of minority religions, with an interest in diversity, secularism, and social conflict. Her work interrogates the encounter between secularism and religious minorities, especially regarding the creation and sustainment of sectarian identities, most recently with regards to Shi’a Islam in Europe. She is particularly interested in how individuals and groups build, maintain, and change narratives around identity and belonging, and the ways in which these identity narratives intersect with contemporary political preoccupations.
Emanuelle is also a current Visiting Fellow at the Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies, where she previously held a postdoctoral position as PI of the ‘Beyond Sectarianism’ project, and the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. She also has several years’ experience in journalism, consultancy, and intelligence, and her work has appeared in a variety of media and peer-reviewed publications. Most recently, she has been involved in the Commission on the Integration of Refugees – a national Commission aimed at reviewing the UK asylum and refugee system with a view to shaping refugee policy, due to report to the House of Lords in early 2024.