I’m a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Program of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. I work at the intersection of novel theory, sociology of literature, and contemporary theories of world literature.
I am currently writing a dissertation titled “Conflicting Geographies of World Literature: Locating the Contemporary Novel,” in which I explore how recent works of fiction register today’s global inequalities—tied to transnational migrations, colonial and imperial oppression, and neoliberal transformations—through the articulation of four spatial concepts (scale, border, semi-periphery, and globe).
My other areas of interest are contemporary realism and the ways in which literature mediates capitalist/colonial modernity. On this topic, I have published an article in Research in African Literatures.
I have also written about Italian letteratura della migrazione (literature of migration) and the Somali diaspora for Public Books.
Before joining Rutgers, I studied at the University of Padova, Italy, and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During my graduate studies, I have been the digital coordinator for my program and contributed to our blog. In July, I will attend the Humanities Without Walls Workshop in Chicago.