Dr Anna Tuckett

Dr Anna Tuckett

Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Anthropology

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About me

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 doctoral research, which examined migrants’ encounters with, what she calls, the ‘documentation regime’ – the system through which migrants attain and maintain ‘legal status’, bring in relatives through family reunification and access citizenship – offers insights into how law and the state are experienced by migrants in Italy on an everyday basis. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the Newby Trust and the Central Research Fund.

Anna’s current research in London is part of a collaborative ESRC-funded project headed by Professor Deborah James entitled ‘An ethnography of advice: between market, society and the declining welfare state’. Anna’s part of this project explores the dynamics of immigration-related advice provisions in light of the new excision of such advice from legal aid in the UK context. It will explore the role of different agents, organisations, collaborations and processes which are emerging in the wake of cuts to these services.

At the LSE, Anna has taught courses in Political and Legal Anthropology, Culture and Globalisation, Theory and Ethnography and a number of interdisciplinary courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also taught a course on the Anthropology of Personhood at Brunel University.

Expertise Details

Italy; the UK; migration; documents; bureaucracy; political and legal anthropology; citizenship and the state

Selected publications


2018 Rules, Paper, Status: Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy in Contemporary Italy. Stanford University Press.

2018. Ethical brokerage and self-fashioning in Italian immigration bureaucracy. Critique of Anthropology. 38(4).

2017. ‘The island is full. Please don't come’: Narratives of austerity and migration in a UK citizenship class. Anthropology Today. 33(5): 24-27.

2016. Moving on: Italy as a stepping stone in migrants’ imaginaries. Focaal 76(3): 99-113.

2015 ‘Strategies of Navigation: Migrants Everyday Encounters with Italian Immigration Bureaucracy’. Cambridge Anthropology 33(1): 113-128