Luca Zini, Ph.D.
International Relations, Comparative Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Territoriality and Space, and the Rights of Indigenous People
Born in Milano, Italy, raised in Switzerland, and at eighteen moved to Sweden where I lived for about fourteen years. In Sweden, I studied political science and international relations and I graduated with a combined Degree of Master of Social Science, Honor Graduate Distinction (Major: Political Science; Minor: International Relations; Second Minor: Law/ECLaw) from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. My research interests lie in ethnicity, racism, discrimination, exploitation, and cultural appropriations, just to mention a few, and on the discourse of exclusion/inclusion of “exotic others” in the democratic process. Other areas of interest include territoriality, space, and the rights of indigenous people. As a Ph.D. Candidate, my dissertation attempts to study the emergence of the modern state and its effects on the lives, sovereignty, and identity of indigenous people. Besides pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science, since 2003, I have been a full time teacher in social studies at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and, since 2011, an adjunct professor of international relations at Florida International University.