Federica is a social anthropologist, with a specialisation in medical anthropology. At LSTM, she works on the socio-cultural factors that affect malaria prevalence and transmission. She engages in everyday activities with local communities (living in the village, learning the language and the ‘know-how’ of local practices) to understand what behaviours may affect exposure to mosquito bites. She earned her doctorate at Brunel University (2016). In her thesis, she explores the construction of moral identities in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Her PhD stems from research she conducted for her master’s (University of Bologna, 2010), through which she investigated the role of national genocide commemorations as a nation-building mechanism.