Sean Wyer

Ph.D. Candidate

Sean Wyer joined Berkeley’s Italian Studies Department in 2019. He is working on a Ph.D. dissertation that uses anthropological methods to explore ‘cosmopolitan’ rhetoric and practice, with a particular focus on Islam, Judaism, and ideas of Mediterranean identity.
He has been awarded an Emslie Horniman Scholarship from the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Graduate Student Research Grant from the American Ethnological Society for research in Sicily, and in 2022 he will take up a three-month Ralegh Radford Rome Award at the British School at Rome.
Sean is currently based in London, where he writes about food and culture, and often, but not exclusively, about Italian cuisine. He will be carrying out research in Sicily and Rome over the coming year.
He holds a First Class B.A. in Italian and German from Balliol College, Oxford. Prior to doctoral studies he trained as a lawyer in an international firm based in London, where he qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
He is a co-founder of Berkeley’s Italian Migration Studies Working Group.