Antonio specializes in Asian studies with a focus on religion, politics, and ethnic policies in East Asia, especially China (Tibet and Xinjiang). He received a M.A. in East Asian Studies from the Oriental Institute of Napoli University (IUO) and his Ph.D. from Leiden University in Tibetan Buddhism and East Asian Religions.
Antonio works with a number of relevant Asian and European languages including Mandarin Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, French, Italian, Dutch, and Uyghur. His articles have appeared in numerous journals and volumes and his latest publications include “Nationalism Matters: Among Monks and Mystics in Tibet” (Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies, 2017), “Rewritten or Reused? Originality, Intertextuality, and Reuse in the Writings of a Buddhist Visionary in Contemporary Tibet” (Buddhist Studies Review, 2016), “Propaganda in the Public Square: Communicating State Directives on Religion and Ethnicity to Uyghurs and Tibetans in Western China” (Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West, 2016), and “The Earth as a Treasure in Tibetan Buddhism: Visionary Revelation and its Interactions with the Environment” (JSRNC 2014). Antonio is currently finishing his first book titled Mass Religious Encampments and the Rise of Modern Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Assistant professor of Tibetan Buddhist Studies for the Graduate Institute of Religious Studies at National Chengchi University in Taipei, and he currently works as an East Asia Analyst in Chicago (USA).
Antonio can be reached at email@example.com