AboutValeria G. Castelli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Her research project examines political documentary films made over the last ten years that deal with migration to Italy, particularly with migrants’ journeys to Europe through the Central Mediterranean route and their precarious lives once in Italy. Valeria is part of the Center’s Andrew W. Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. Before joining the Mahindra Humanities Center, Valeria was a 2016-17 College Core Curriculum Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at New York University. Valeria received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from New York University in 2016. Her dissertation is entitled “Rhetoric, Politics and Ethics in Contemporary Italian Documentary Film.” Valeria received her Laurea in Lettere moderne with a specialization in Philology from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and her M.A. in Italian Studies from the University College of London. Valeria was a 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at the Humanities New York and the NYU Center for the Humanities. Valeria was a 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at the Humanities New York and the NYU Center for the Humanities, where she designed and developed a Public Humanities Project in collaboration with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. From 2013 to 2016, Valeria has worked as Assistant Editor and Chief Assistant Editor of the online peer-reviewed journal gender/sexuality/Italy.