Claudio de Majo is a Ph.D. candidate at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich). He has carried out research with the University of Naples L’Orientale, the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the University of Utrecht and the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil). His main research interests include the relation between the commons and ecology, evolutionary history and the environmental history of Italy and Brazil. He is a founding member of the American Studies academic journal JAmIT! and associate editor of Global Environment.