Curriculum Vitae

Current Appointment
2017 — present: UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow – Gender & Sexuality Studies, UC Irvine

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/ILR 4)
Alma Mater Studiorium Università di Bologna 

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

2011: Dual Degree – 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
2017: “Queer of Color Formations and Translocal Spaces in Europe” @ UCHRI (Winter)
2016 – 2018: Co-PI for “Queer Italia Network,” a £60,000 AHRC (UK) grant
2016 – 2017: Dissertation 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 Experience
Spring 2017: BLST 191DS – The Black Mediterranean
Summer 2016: CRES 60E – Black Europe
Fall 2014: FMST 1 – Feminist Theories
Spring 2014: FMST/POLI 112 – Women and the Law
Fall 2013: HISC 80L – Queer Theory
Winter 2013: HIS 173B – History of Imperial Russia
Fall 2012: HIS 70A – Modern European History

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

Teaching Areas
Italophone and East African literatures, Black European cultural production & social just movements, literatures of migration, Italian colonialism, Black cultural studies, queer studies, postcolonial feminist theory, literature & the law

Research Interests
créolité, meticciato, Black poetics, dispossession, postcoloniality and decoloniality in Europe, cultural memory in the African diaspora, queer aesthetics, the Black Mediterranean, narratology, and testimony