Daniele Cantini

Daniele Cantini, Dr.






Daniele earned his PhD in social anthropology at the University of Modena and the University of Milan-Bicocca in 2006, with a thesis on the Jordanian university system and its students. In 2007-8, and again in 2010, he was affiliated researcher at the Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et sociales (CEDEJ), working on different projects dealing with university education and its privatisation, citizenship worries, youth, religious minorities and migration. In 2011, he moved to Germany, as a senior research fellow at the Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion" at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU, 2011–2016); between 2013 and 2016, he also led a German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)-funded project, managed by the Orient-Institut Beirut, on doctoral studies at Egyptian universities. In 2016-7 he was research associate at the Orient-Institut Beirut, Lebanon. In March 2017 he obtained the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale in Social Anthropology. Daniele taught a variety of courses at the University of Modena (2008–2015) and at MLU (2012–2015) on the anthropology of the Middle East,  social and political anthropology and the ethnology of the Mediterranean. He is the  author of Youth and Education in the Middle East: Shaping identity and politics in Jordan (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016).


  • Anthropology of the Middle East
  • Anthropology of the Islam
  • Education
  • Institutions
  • Social orders
  • Youth
  • Political and social anthropology
  • Travelling models
  • Migration