My research focuses on Italian and Brazilian literature and intellectual history, with an emphasis on fascism, representations of state violence, and transitional justice. In my dissertation, titled “Fascist Fiction: Inventing the Lesser Evil in Italy and Brazil,” I explore the global, violent, and long-lasting impact of fascist rhetoric and practices in Italy and Brazil. My scholarship has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Forum Italicum, Mester, and the edited volume Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis. I am currently co-editing a special issue of Cultural Dynamics titled “Contemporary Epistemologies of Militarization in the Global South.” This academic year I am the recipient of two competitive instructional fellowships: the first in support of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar I designed called “Global Fascism,” in which we study fascist cultural productions from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and the US; and the second for implementing the use of digital pedagogies in a project-based learning class on environmental justice in Durham, NC being taught at the Duke Human Rights Center. I am originally from Italy where I obtained both my B.A. (2010) and M.A. (2012) at the University of Bologna, in Foreign Languages and Literature, with an emphasis in English and Portuguese.
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