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About Evelyn Ferraro

Salve! I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at SCU in Fall 2013. I teach a vast range of courses from elementary Italian to upper-division courses in Italian and Italian American cultural studies and literature. Since joining SCU, I have designed several new interdisciplinary courses, most recently “Destination Italy: Immigration in Film and literature.” My research interests include Italian culture, literature, film, postcolonial, migration, and transnational studies. I am interested in local, national, and global manifestations of italianità, particularly in relation to the Mediterranean, Africa, and North America. I am also a Book Review Editor for Altreitalie, an International Journal of Studies on Italian Migrations in the World. Outside of teaching and research, I enjoy organizing and hosting Italian cultural events at and around SCU.
Prior to joining SCU, I was a Lecturer in Italian (2012-13) at the University of California, Davis, and at San Francisco State University. In 2011, I was a Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London (UK) where I completed a research project on the construction of an archive of migrant memories in the documentary film Like a Man on Earth (focusing on Italy-Libya relations). 
I received my Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University in 2010, with a dissertation entitled “Moving Thresholds: Liminal Writing in the Italian Diaspora.” That project addressed questions of human mobility, identity crises, and practices of resistance in literary texts that belong to and expand the framework of Italian Studies. The condition of being on the threshold – as embodied by the ambiguous spaces that migrants inhabit – challenges essentialist notions of national identity and encourages a dynamic and transnational approach to borders. The cultural texts that I analyzed also included three novels by Ebe Cagli Seidenberg, a little-known Italian Jewish writer that I first discovered while I was an Exchange Scholar at Stanford University during the 2006-07 academic year.  
I also hold an M.A. in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, where I wrote a thesis on I labirinti della giustizia in ‘A ciascuno il suo’, ‘La forma dell’acqua’ e ‘Lo Spasimo di Palermo’ (Sciascia, Camilleri, Consolo). Prior to that, I completed an M.A. in Translation and Comparative Literature at the University of Essex (United Kingdom), with a thesis on adaptions of Carlo Collodi’s Le avventure di Pinocchio.
Born and raised on the island of Sicily, I received my laurea from the Università degli Studi di Palermo, where I studied foreign languages and literatures, with a focus on English and postcolonial literatures. After graduation, I worked in Brussels with a communication firm as part of the European Leonardo da Vinci program.


September 2013 - Present Adjunct Lecturer of Italian Studies, Santa Clara University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Curriculum Vitae

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  • ITAL 1: Elementary Italian 1
  • ITAL 2: Elementary Italian 2
  • ITAL 100: Advanced Italian 1- Italian through Italian Cuisine
  • ITAL 154: Nature and the Italian Literary Imagination
  • ITAL 197 (Special Topics) Immigration Culture in Italy
  • ITAL 185: The Italian American Experience (Core Curriculum: Diversity)
  • ITAL 187: Destination Italy: Immigration in Film and literature (Core Curriculum: Civic Engagement)


2010 Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown, Brown University
2004 M.A. in Italian Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh
1999 Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

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