I grew up in Sanremo, in the Ligurian region of Italy, not far from the French border. After studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Turin (2005-2007), I obtained a BA in Italian Literature from the same university (2010). My graduate education includes an MA in Modern Philology from the University of Pavia (2013), an M.St. in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford (2014), and a DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages, also from Oxford (2018). Since 2017, I have been a Stipendiary Lecturer in Italian at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and I arrived at Queen’s as a Laming Research Fellow in October 2019. In addition to my academic career, I am a writer and a ballet dancer (London RAD). My first collection of poems, Itaca, has won two international literary prizes.
As a tutor at St Anne’s College, I teach Italian literature from the 19th-century to the present, all literary topics for the first-year Italian literature course, and creative writing. Since 2015, I have lectured for the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty (Leopardi, Manzoni, Verga), and delivered courses in Translation, Finalists’ Essay Writing and Italian Grammar (Pre-Sessional Course). Since 2017 I have been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018, I was nominated for the Oxford Student Union Teaching Awards.
My research concentrates on modern and contemporary literature originally written in, or translated into, different languages (English, Italian, French and Spanish) and media (poetry, prose, music and the visual arts). My doctoral thesis – entitled The Diasporic Canon. American Anthologies of Contemporary Italian Poetry, 1945-2015 – analyses the shaping of a translated canon in the United States as an expression of the culture of Italian migration to North America. The project that I shall work on during my Laming Fellowship investigates the interplay at work between translation and medicine, by exploring the therapeutic potential of translation in contemporary English, French and Italian poetry. Over the course of the fellowship, I shall travel to, and collaborate with, research centres based in Italy, Finland, Norway and the United States.