"My current project analyzes works of Holocaust literature with respect to trauma, memory, history and time. Much of my previous research examined Primo Levi's Holocaust writings through the lens of Theodor Adorno's 'Dialectic of Enlightenment'."
Ph D Italian
University of California
University of California
Schechter Fellow, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Nominee, Outstanding University Teaching Award
Nominated by the College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University
Winner, College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Initiative Award
Illinois State University
Winner, Instructors’ Teaching Award
Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia
Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
“‘What Would I Have Done?’: Teaching The Drowned and the Saved to Confront Moral Ambiguity,” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi, eds. Nicholas Patruno and Roberta Ricci (New York: Modern Language Association, 2014), 29-35.
“Victims and Executioners in Wiesel’s Dawn: A Levinasian Reading,” in Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives, eds. Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen (Bloomington, IN: Indiana Univ. Press, 2013), 160-169.
“Levi and the Two Cultures,” in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi’s Science and Humanism after the Fall, ed. Stanislao Pugliese (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011), 103-113.
“Trauma and Latency in The Reawakening,” in New Reflections on Primo Levi: Before and After Auschwitz, eds. Risa Sodi and Millicent Marcus (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 63-77.
“La réception de Primo Levi aux États-Unis,” co-authored with Michael Rothberg, in Primo Levi à l' oeuvre: La reception de l'oeuvre de Primo Levi dans le monde, trans. Isabelle Cluzel; eds. Philippe Mesnard and Yannis Thanassekos (Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2008), 197-212.
“Strategies for Teaching Wiesel’s Night with Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz,” in Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night, ed. Alan Rosen (New York: Modern Language Association, 2007), 91-98.
Primo Levi and Humanism after Auschwitz: Posthumanist Reflections (New York: Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2009; softcover, 2014), 173 pages.
Journal Article, Academic Journal
“Il percorso e la fossa: La storia e la memoria traumatica in Se non ora, quando? di Primo Levi.” DEP: Deportate, esuli, profughe—Rivista telematica sulla memoria storica femminile, n. 29 (gennaio 2016): 66-80.
“The Path and the Pit: History and Traumatic Memory in Primo Levi’s If Not Now, When?”. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 33.3 (Spring 2015): 46-62.
“A Secular Alternative: Primo Levi’s Place in American Holocaust Discourse,” co-authored with Michael Rothberg. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 28.1 (Fall 2009): 104-126.
“Complicity and Insight in Borowski’s This Way for the Gas.” Lessons and Legacies of the Holocaust, Thirteenth Biannual Conference, Florida Atlantic University, October 2014.
“Tadeusz Borowski, Walter Benjamin, and the Philosophy of History,” Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, October 2014.
“Trauma and Community in Jean Améry’s At the Mind’s Limits.” Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014.
“Trauma and Post-Holocaust Subjectivity in Agamben’s Quel che resta di Auschwitz.” Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, 2014.
“Traumatic Memory and Irreversible History in Primo Levi’s If Not Now, When?,” Franklin & Marshall College, November 2014.
“Primo Levi, Jean Améry and the Uses of Trauma.” American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference, University of Oregon, 2013.
Grants & Contracts
Summer Faculty Fellowship. Illinois State University--. Illinois State University. (2015)
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum--. Federal. (2014)
Travel to Collections Grant, Devers Program in Dante Studies and Hesburgh Library. University of Notre Dame--. Private. (2012)