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Teresa Fiore

Associate Professor and Inserra Chair in Italian And Italian American Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 222
Laurea, Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy)
PhD, University of California, San Diego
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Teresa Fiore holds the Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies,* and serves as Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Spanish and Italian.

She received her B.A. in Italy (University of Trieste) and her Ph.D. in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego (2002). The recipient of several fellowships (De Bosis at Harvard University, Rockefeller at Bellagio, and Fulbright), she has been Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University (2007), NYU (2008), and Rutgers University (2009). Between 2011 and 2017 she has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU. For her publications and academic presentations, see Specialization section and full CV below.

*The Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Endowed Chair was created through a major gift of Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. and thanks to the support of UNICO National and individual donors. Besides the regular duties of a professor (teaching, research, and service), the responsibilities of the Chair include the development of research projects, cultural programs, and educational activities vital to the continued growth of Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University. Teresa Fiore started in this position in Jan. 2011.
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Fiore's teaching and research interests include 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Italian literature, Italian cinema, Italian American culture, and immigration in contemporary Italy, with a theoretical focus on space.

PUBLICATIONS (for a full list see CV below)
Fiore is the author of Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies (Fordham University Press, May 2017) - see, and the editor of the 2006 issue of Quaderni del ‘900, devoted to John Fante. Fiore's essays on issues of Italian migrations, space, and identity have appeared in Italian, English, and Spanish both in journals (Annali d’Italianistica, Diaspora, Bollettino d’italianistica, Zibaldone, El hilo de la fábula) and edited books such as the MLA volume Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (2010); The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2011); Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (Palgrave, 2012 - in Italian translation, Le Monnier-Mondadori, 2014). Forthcoming publications in edited volumes include essays on undocumented immigration and contemporary immigration from Italy to the U.S. (Routledge, 2017; University of Illinois Press, 2018), as issues discussed in film, music, and literature by and about migrants.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (for a full list see CV below)
Besides regularly giving papers at professional association conferences (MLA, PAMLA, NeMLA, AAIS, AATI, and AIHA/IASA), Fiore has also presented her research work at international conferences (University of Oxford, The British School at Rome, Dartmouth College) and as invited lectures (Harvard, Duke, Rutgers, Georgetown, Princeton, Columbia). She gave the keynote address at the 2010 Conference on Romance Literatures (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and the 2016 Cultures on the Move conference at the University of Oxford.

* gender/sexuality/Italy, an online annual, peer-reviewed journal on gendered identities in Italian politics, culture, and society (
* The Routledge History of Italian Americans (800-page volume co-edited by Stanislao Pugliese and William J. Connell, scheduled to be published in 2017).
* Book review editor of Altreitalie, a Turin-based journal on the Italian diaspora (2009-12).

* Kim Ziegler, New York University: “Street-Smart: Critical Approaches to Space and Education in Contemporary Naples" 2016
* Arianna Fognani, Rutgers University (Italian intellectuals in/from Egypt) 2015
* Sarah DeMott, NYU (Sicilian immigrant communities in Tunisia) 2015
* Anita Pinzi, CUNY Graduate Center (Contemporary Italian Albanian writers) 2015
* Giusy Di Filippo, University of Wisconsin (Contemporary Italian immigrant writers) 2012
* Eveljn Ferraro, Brown University (Italian American and Canadian writers) 2010

* The Italian American Experience (graduate and undergraduate)
* Contemporary Italian Cultural Studies
* Immigration Culture in Italy
* Italian Americans in Film
* Survey of Italian Literature II: 19th and 20th century
* Survey of Italian Cinema
* Sicilian Literature and Art
* Open Cities: Urban Spaces and Transnational Cultures in 19th- and 20th-century Italian Literature (graduate)
* Pre-occupied Spaces in Immigration Literature and Film in Italy (graduate)
* Italian Composition (Literature for Children from Collodi to Rodari)
* Italian Language and Conversation (all levels)


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Research Projects

Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies

In this upcoming book on cultural spaces (to be published by Fordham University Press in Fall 2016), the analysis of stories about outbound and inbound migrations as well as colonialism-related movements sheds light on the history of Italian national formation and identity. The study embraces a wide variety of texts by Italian and migrant authors ranging from fiction (di Donato, Melliti, Pariani, Lakhous) to film (Crialese, Marra, Ferrente), memoir (Ragusa, Tekle), songs (Mignonette) and architectural sites (the Watts Waters).

Divided in three parts addressing waters (the space of travel), houses (the living space), and workplaces (the space of labor) respectively, the book adapts theories of space to the specific context of migration cultures. The book's title places emphasis on the preoccupation, i.e., the concern/fear fostered by the arrival and presence of immigrants in contemporary Italy as well as on the country's pre-occupation with a long history of emigration, which is often the object of amnesia or reductive celebrations.