Academic Title

Chair & Associate Professor, Italian

Research Interests

Film Studies

Cultural Studies

Popular Culture

Cultural History

Comparative Literature

Research Summary

Most of my studies and research interests revolve around late 19th-century narrative (British, Russian and Italian) — particularly popular narrative — and its intersections with contemporary popular culture.

  • Ph.D., Romance Languages and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Comparative Literature (Russian, English), Purdue University
  • Laurea (summa cum laude) Foreign Languages and Literatures (Russian, English), Universita’ del Sacro Cuore di Milano
Recent Publications

“The Portrait of a Girl: A Reading of Last Tango in Paris.” Italica (2007): 410-421.

“Unquiet Resurrection: De Marchi’s Crisis Novels.” Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2006): 1451-1471.

“Travesties of Risorgimento in Maria Rosa Cutrufelli’s La briganta.” Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the 19th-Century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema. Ed. Norma Bouchard. Madison: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005. 133-148.

Honors and Awards

Provost Innovation Fund, Merrimack College, 2016.

Ciejek Fellowship for Humanistic Research and Study in the Liberal Arts, Merrimack College, 2006-07.

Lorraine K. Lawton Award for Best Paper Presented, Purdue University, 2007.