Assistant Professor of Instruction
Office: CPR 228
Dr. Maddanu earned his PhD in Sociology at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) of Paris (France), where he was member of the Center of Analysis and Sociological Intervention, founded by Alain Touraine in 1981. Dr. Maddanu has a long experience in fieldwork research in many countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the USA). From 2009 to 2015 he led and took part in several European and national projects that focused on Islam in Europe, Social Movements, Migration Studies, Urban Studies, and Integration. Originally from Sardinia, Dr. Maddanu acquired the ability to teach and write using different languages interchangeably.
In his research, Dr. Maddanu focused on alter-global movements, regional movements (including independentist movements), and new generations of Muslims in Europe which led to his first monograph in French (2013). After fieldwork research in Paris and Rome, he published in 2016 his second monograph (by Klwer/CEDAM ). His third monograph Restless Cities on the Edge: Collective Actions, Immigration and Populism is part of the book series: Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship (MDC) by Palgrave Macmillan (2021-2). He also conducted ethnographic research on refugees, asylum seekers issues and the new forms of urban reterritorialization of migrants.
In 2022 he co-edited the book (with H. N. Akil) Global Modernity from Coloniality to Pandemic: A cross-disciplinary perspective, published by Amsterdam University Press. The book represents a unique cross-disciplinary work about modernity, its narratives, post-colonial criticism and new assertions of a global modernity.
Dr. Maddanu is currently co-editing (with E. Toscano) Inequalities, Youth, Democracy and the Pandemic, Routledge (forthcoming). He is also working on two new books: “Occupied Island: Resisting Militarization in No-war zone” and “Communitas: Society in the Making”.