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Dr Anna Tuckett
Lecturer in Anthropology

Marie Jahoda 154a


Dr. Anna Tuckett received her PhD from the London School of Economics in 2014. She specialises in political and legal anthropology, with a specific focus on migration in Italy and the UK. Anna is particularly interested in how people experience and manage the state, law and bureaucracy in their everyday lives.

Her book, Rules, Paper, Status: Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy in Contemporary Italy (2018), published by Stanford University Press was awarded the 2019 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology. It examines the ways in which immigration laws and policies work on the ground in one of Europe’s biggest receiving countries. It analyses the complex processes of inclusion and exclusion that are produced through encounters with immigration law as migrants attempt to obtain legal status, renew permits and be reunited with family members. Anna's work offers new insights into established anthropological debates concerning the state, brokerage, subjectivity and ethics through the lens of a high-profile contemporary social issue, while also providing unique perspectives on debates around legality, illegality and integration.

Anna’s most recent research was conducted in London as part of a collaborative ESRC-funded project entitled ‘An ethnography of advice: between market, society and the declining welfare state’. Exploring the emergence of unofficial and unregulated citizenship test schools in London, Anna's study examines the lived realities of integration policies within a wider context of austerity measures and state reconfiguration. 

Prior to joining Brunel, Anna held teaching and research positions at LSE.

Newest selected publications

Tuckett, A. (2018) 'Rules, Paper, Status Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy in Contemporary Italy'. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISSN 10: 150360649X ISSN 13: 9781503606494 Open Access Link


Tuckett, A. (2016) 'Moving on: Italy as a stepping stone in migrants’ imaginaries'. Focaal, 2016 (76). pp. 99 - 113. ISSN: 0920-1297 Open Access Link

Journal article

Tuckett, A. (2015) 'Strategies of Navigation: Migrants' Everyday Encounters with Italian Immigration Bureaucracy'. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 33 (1). pp. 113 - 128. ISSN: 0305-7674 Open Access Link

Journal article
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