Ph.D. Student in Romance Languages and Literatures
I am in my third year in the PhD program in Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) at UC Berkeley. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the RLL program, I am involved not only with my home department of Italian Studies, but also with the departments of Spanish & Portuguese and French. My main research interests have to do with the transition period from dictatorship to democracy in twentieth-century Italy, Spain, and Portugal, with particular attention paid to the treatment of national history and memory in transition-era literature and film. My other interests include Translation Studies, language teaching, and comparative studies of fascisms.
This semester I am studying at the University of Bologna, where I will also be conducting research at the Cineteca di Bologna. The research I will undertake has to do with Italy’s transition period from dictatorship to democracy, with particular attention paid to the treatment in media of the historical memory of the Mussolini regime during a time of national reconstitution. As my work is comparative, I will also be looking at archival materials in various institutions in Madrid covering the same topic.