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Ascione, Elisa

Title/s:  Assistant Dean of Student Life - Adjunct Professor

Office #:  128

Email: eascione@luc.edu


Elisa Ascione received a BSc in Anthropology and a MA in Refugee Studies from the University of East London, UK, and a MA and a Ph.D. in Ethnology and Anthropology from Università degli Studi di Perugia. Before joining the JFRC, Elisa coordinated the Food & Sustainability Studies Program at the Umbra Institute (Perugia, Italy) where she taught classes in the anthropology and history of food and sustainability. She also worked as a researcher for different projects at the Università degli Studi di Perugia in the Anthropology Department, and has been a project coordinator for ARCI association for the integration of asylum seekers and refugees in Italian society. She has conducted research and published on the intersection of migration, class and gender in Italy, and on food, sustainability and cultural heritage. Her objective as a teacher is to encourage students’ critical thinking by looking at the connections between broader cultural patterns, historical transformations, social theories, and personal experiences. She is also passionate about “good food and wine” and likes to discover and share new foods and flavors with students in Italy.


  • PhD, Ethnology and Anthropology, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy

  • MA, Cultural Anthropology, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy

  • MA, Refugee Studies, University of East London, UK

  • BSc, Anthropology, University of East London, UK

Research Interests

  • Gender, Work and Migration
  • Food, Wine and Cultural Heritage
  • Sustainability and Food Systems
  • Ethnographic Research Methods