Maggie Neil


International Development (2020 cohort)

My DPhil research focuses on contemporary re-surfacing of nationalist political sentiment in Italy, particularly as linked to Europe’s recent, so-called ‘migration crisis’. This research will use ethnographic methods to understand how ‘ordinary’ individuals are thinking, feeling, and articulating recent political developments. I am particularly interested in understanding whether there has been a deep change in political attitudes in regions of Italy that were once considered bastions of left-leaning politics, or which once considered their openness to foreigners and newcomers as central to a construction of their identities and national belonging. 

Previously, I received a BA in Humanities from Yale University and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. In between my studies, I was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research on migration in Sicily. I also worked as a researcher and project manager for the United Nations Development Programme, and as a Teaching Fellow at Sun Yat-sen University in China.