I am Associate Professor of Italian and Film at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Fellow of the University of Reading, UK. 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 (University of Toronto Press, 2020), was awarded the 2020 Book Prize for Visual Studies, Film and Media from the American Association of Italian Studies and was shortlisted for the Bridge Literary Prize in North American Non-Fiction. The book examines the work of celebrated neorealist filmmakers alongside investigations of many of the influential artists, authors, and intellectuals who similarly contributed to the development of Italian neorealism. In addition to this monograph, I have published chapters in 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.

Other Publications

Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History (University of Toronto Press, 2020)

“On the Translation of Literary Terms: Neorealismo and Neue Sachlichkeit,” Letteratura e letterature 14 (2020): 82-102. Print.

“Levi e Vittorini,” in Innesti: Primo Levi e i libri altrui, eds. Gianluca Cinelli and Robert Gordon (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020), 237-254. Print.

“The Forbidden City: Tombolo between American Occupation and Italian Imagination,” in Italy and the USA: Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative, eds. Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, and Matthew Reza (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), 143-155. Print.

“Notes on the End of Rome Open City.” The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies 6.3 (2018): 359-372. Print.

“Repressed Memory and Traumatic History in Alberto Moravia’s The Woman of Rome.”Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture. Ed. Patrizia Sambuco.Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2018. 39-54. Print.

“Probing the Limits of Crocean Historicism.” The Italianist 37.3 (2017): 387-406. Print.

“‘An Entirely New Land?’ Italy’s Post-War Culture and its Fascist Past.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 21.1 (Jan. 2016): 4-18. Print.

“‘Il realismo di un nuovissimo Medio Evo’: Boccaccio in the Age of Neorealism.” Le Tre Corone3 (2016): 135-156. Print.

Impegno nero: Italian Intellectuals and the African-American Struggle.” California Italian Studies 4.2 (2013). Online.

Cronaca, Narrativa, and the Unstable Foundations of the Institution of Neorealism.” Italian Culture 31.1 (March 2013): 28-46. Print

Weltliteratur as Anti-Fascism: Philology and Politics in Luigi Foscolo Benedetto’s ‘Letteratura mondiale.'” MLN 127.5 (Comparative Issue, December 2012): 1171-1205. Print.

“‘Una seconda fase del realismo del dopoguerra’: The Innovative Realism of Elsa Morante’s L’isola di Arturo.” The Italianist 32.1 (Feb. 2012): 32-52. Print.

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