Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Ms T.R. (Tara) Fiorito MSc

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam

Tara Fiorito MSc. (1985) works as a lecturer and researcher at the Sociology and Anthropology Department of the University of Amsterdam. 

She is a PhD candidate in the AISSR research group Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference.

For her PhD, she conducted ethnographic research in Los Angeles, studying a social movement of undocumented migrant youth, known as the DREAMers. 

She finished her Research Master Social Sciences (Cum Laude) in 2012 and holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology (Cum Laude).







She is also co-director of the documentary film Undocumented & Unafraid in Los Angeles, a film concerning the lives and struggles of undocumented students within the context of neoliberal Los Angeles. 

Undocumented and Unafraid in Los Angeles is an ethnographic documentary film (directed by Dirk Eisema, MSc. and Tara Fiorito, MSc.) about a social movement of undocumented migrant youths living and studying in Los Angeles (USA). The film was shot during six months of ethnographic fieldwork in Los Angeles and was produced in the Netherlands through the financial help of a scholarship funded by the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies (University of Amsterdam).



In 2016, she worked as a researcher/performer/dramaturg with theatre group Space for the theatre show Remember Amsterdam – Crash Course Refugee
In this theatrical multimedia show, we imagine; what if the Netherlands would be flooded and we would all have to flee? What do you take with you and what do you leave behind? How do you become a deserving migrant? Which Dutch/European values will you cherish, but will become an obstacle in another country? How to deal with border authorities, asylum procedures and adapting to a new culture/society? Old and new refugees, academics and aid workers were interviewed on film and have become the experts of the crash course. In the mockumentary that is the basis of the theatre show/crash course, refugees help the Dutch prepare for such a disaster.



Lecturer Urban Sociology (B2 & B3)

Lecturer Wild Years: Social Theories on Youth and Generations (B3: Utrecht University)

Lecturer Contemporary Sociological Theory  (B2)

Lecturer Mixed Methods Research (B2)    

Lecturer General Social Sciences (Political Science, Urban Planning, Social Geography and Anthropology)  (B1)

Lecturer Sociology for Anthropologists (B1)

Lecturer Introduction to Statistics (B1)

Guest lecturer: Urban Struggle, Social Geography, Sociological Theory



  • Fiorito, T. R., & Nicholls, W. J. (2016). Silencing to Give Voice: Backstage Preparations in the Undocumented Youth Movement in Los Angeles. Qualitative Sociology, 39(3), 287-308. DOI: 10.1007/s11133-016-9333-8  [details] 


  • Paulle, B., Huisman, C., & Fiorito, T. R. (2015). Kinderfaculteit Pendrecht: Tussen Rapportage 1 'Een evaluatie van de pilotfase en een blik op de toekomst'. Rotterdam: Stichting de Verre Bergen.
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