Monica Massari

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Naples “Federico II”


Monica Massari, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political Science of the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy, where she teaches Sociology and is the Coordinator of the Master “Analysis of Organized Crime Phenomena and Strategies aimed at the Social Reuse of Assets Seized to Organized Crime”.  Before joining the academia, she worked as researcher at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-UNODC, in Vienna, within the Global Programme on Transnational Organized Crime, and as independent consultant for various international organizations and NGOs.

Since the mid-1990’s, her research activities have addressed issues related to social change and social control, such as the relationships between globalization, complex forms of crime and illegal markets (specifically trafficking in human beings, drugs trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and eco-crimes). Since the early 2000’s, she has been also focussing, in her research, on the process of social construction of otherness and the emergence of new forms of racism and discrimination at European level and dynamics of identity and recognition within multi-cultural societies, with special attention devoted to gender issues.

These themes have been analysed and researched within projects implemented at national, European and international levels and addressed during numerous seminars, conferences and teaching activities.

In 2001 she was co-founder of the ECPR-European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Organized Crime and, until 2012, member of its Executive Committee. She is member of the editorial Board of the international journal “Trends in Organized Crime”.

She is member of the International Sociological Association-ISA, the European Sociological Association-ESA and the Italian Sociological Association-AIS. In 2015 she was also elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association-ESA.

She is currently Principal Investigator of a major research project devoted to the analysis of various forms of organized violence in the area of Naples, which is based at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.


Reconsidering Transnational Organized Crime in the Shadow of Globalization: the Case of Human Smuggling across the Mediterranean, in Carnevale, S., Forlati, S., Giolo, O. (eds), Redefining Organized Crime: A Challenge for the European Union?, Hart Publishing, 2017 (forthcoming).

At the Edge of Europe: the Phenomenon of Irregular Migration from Libya to Italy, in Massey, S., Coluccello, R. (eds.), Eurafrican Migration: Legal, economic and social responses to irregular migration, Palgrave Pivot, Basingstoke, 2015, pp. 12-37.

The Sacra Corona Unita. Origins, Characteristics and Strategies, in Serenata N. (ed.), The ‘Ndrangheta and the Sacra Corona Unita, Springer, New York, 2014, pp. 101-116.

Guns in the Family. Mafia violence in Italy, in Small Arms Survey (ed.), Small Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 75-101.

The Other and her Body: Migrant Prostitution, Gender Relations and Ethnicity, in Cahiers de l’Urmis-Unité de Recherche Migrations et Société, n°12, Juin 2009 :

(with C. Motta) Women in The Sacra Corona Unita (pp. 53-66), in G. Fiandaca (ed.), Women and the Mafia. Female Roles in Organized Crime Structures, Springer, New York, 2007.