Abridged CV

Academic Appointments
2018 – present: Assistant Professor, UCLA
Department of Gender Studies (2020 – pres.)
Department of African American Studies (2018 – pres.)

2017 – 2019: UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Irvine
Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies (2017 – 2018)
Department of Anthropology (2018 – 2019)

2016 – 2017: Academic Fellow, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Education
2017: PhD – History of Consciousness – UC Santa Cruz
Designated emphases in Literature & Feminist Studies

2014: MA (Hons.) – History of Consciousness – UC Santa Cruz

2013: Certificate in Italian Language, Corso di perfezionamento, (CEFR: C1/ILR4)
Alma Mater Studiorium Università di Bologna

2012: Res.Cert. – Italian and Gender & Women’s Studies – UC Berkeley

2011: BA/MA – Russian Philology and Italian Literature (Hons.) – City University of New York

2009: Certificate in Italian Language & Semiotics – Erasmus mundus Programme
Alma Mater Studiorium Università di Bologna

Research Appointments & Fellowships
2019: “On the Matter of Blackness in Europe,” UCHRI Conference Grant
2017: “Queer of Color Formations and Translocal Spaces in Europe” @ UCHRI (Winter)
2016 – 2018: Co-PI for “Queer Italia Network,” £60,000 AHRC (UK) grant
2016 – 2017: Academic Fellow,  Department of Black Studies @ UC Santa Barbara
2016 – 2017: “Where Blackness Meets the Sea” funded by Black Studies Consortium
2016 – 2017: Co-PI for Black Studies: Vocabularies and Genealogies @ UCHRI
2015 – 2016: Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research
—  (Centres for Cultural Memory and Women’s Writing), University of London
2015 – 2016: Visiting Researcher, Medieval and Modern Languages, Cambridge
2014 – 2015: Research Assistant for Professor Angela Y. Davis
2013 – 2015: Graduate Student Researcher for Professor Gina Dent

Teaching

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • Fall 2019: Blackness and Indigeneity in Europe (MA/upper division UG)
    • Winter 2020: Blackness and Borderscapes (grad seminar)
    • Winter 2020: Black Migrants & Movements (Fiat Lux course, UG)
    • Winter 2020: Black and Migration Literature (undergraduate)
    • Fall 2020: Black Poetics, Black Future(s) (PhD reading seminar)
    • Winter 2021: Black and Migrant Imaginaries (undergraduate)
    • Winter 2021: Blackness and Borderscapes (graduate)
    • Spring 2021: Black Trans Poetics
  •  Other Institutions (selected)
    • Spring 2017: BLST 191DS – The Black Mediterranean (UC Santa Barbara)
    • Summer 2016: CRES 60E – Black Europe (UC Santa Cruz)

Languages
Italian (fluent)                         —          Russian (degree level)
German (intermediate)         —          Spanish (intermediate)
French (proficient)                 —          Latin (reading)
Arabic (adv. beginner)           —          Somali (beginner)

Teaching Areas
Black European cultural production, black migration literature, European colonialism, poetics, black geographies, and transdisciplinary methods

Research Interests
Black Mediterranean, literature & the law, Fortress Europe, cultural memory, black trans poetics, black nonbinary feminist aesthetics, and black belonging