Giovanni Matera is a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow. He earned his PhD in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. His research focuses on psychiatry and democracy; community context and mental health; and hospitality and migration, particularly in Italy, Greece, and Switzerland. Research interests: Psychiatry and democracy; community context and mental health; hospitality; migration; and sociology of valuation and evaluation.
Giovanni researches the ways a community makes room for a newcomer. He is currently studying the organization of asylum support and community psychiatry in Greece and Switzerland, as a form of hospitality. He is using three research fields - pragmatic sociology of hospitality, sociology of psychiatry and the research stream on community context and mental health. Using sociology of valuation and evaluation as a frame, Giovanni is looking at social inequalities with an eye to their public dimension as well as on the intimate scale of self-coordination.