I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Fellow of the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience.
My first book, Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History
, will be published in summer 2020 by the University of Toronto Press. In addition, I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence
(Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture
(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image
(Bloomsbury, 2019); Innesti: Primo Levi e i libri altrui
(Peter Lang, 2020). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly journals including Modern Language Notes
, Italian Culture
, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies
, California Italian Studies
, Tre Corone
, and the Italianist.
A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.