Ph.D. in Italian from the University of California at Berkeley
B.A. in Romance Languages from Dartmouth
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I am thrilled to be a newly-appointed Professor and Chair of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham. I come here as a native New Yorker with a diverse academic background: a B.A. in Romance Languages from Dartmouth, a Ph.D. in Italian from the University of California at Berkeley, and eighteen years of teaching film at Stony Brook University.
My main area of expertise is star studies, especially male stardom as it relates to Italian cinema: my three monographs are Beyond the Latin Lover: Marcello Mastroianni, Masculinity, and Italian Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004), The Maciste Films of Italian Silent Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana UP, Forthcoming 2014), and Divismo maschile all’italiana (Male Stardom, Italian Style) (Forthcoming, Il Castoro).
I am co-editor of Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1942 (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2002), and I curate the book series New Directions in National Cinemas for Indiana University Press. In addition, I have published and lectured widely on Italian American film, fashion and Italian cinema, and early twentieth-century physical culture in the United States and Italy. In Fall 2011 I had the honor of being awarded a mid-career fellowship from the Howard Foundation at Brown University.
At Fordham I’ll be teaching Introduction to Film, Italian Cinema, and other courses dealing with film history and theory, as well as working on various interdisciplinary initiatives at both the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses.