Professor Nancy Caronia’s research interests include the roles of stereotype, privilege, and agency in popular and material culture related to issues of (im)migration, gender, and Italian diaspora in the twentieth and twenty-first century. She teaches in the department’s undergraduate writing program and serves as a senior undergraduate advisor.
Most recently, Professor Caronia guest edited a special issue on the Rocky film series for Italian Americana (2017). She has co-edited Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham UP, 2015) and wrote the introduction to the reprint of Louise DeSalvo’s Casting Off (Bordighera Press, 2014). Her scholarship appears in peer-reviewed journals, including AEQ, Italian American Review, and Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture. A Pushcart Prize nominated author, her creative non-fiction and fiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Animal, New Delta Review, Lowestoft Chronicles, biostories, and Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction & Poetry by Multicultural Writers.
In Fall 2017, she was a Visiting Professor in the CLIA Masters program with Universitá della Calabria where she taught a series of seminars entitled “Italian American Women Writers: Gender, Activism, and Life Writing.” In July 2017, Professor Caronia attended the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute American Material Culture: Nineteenth Century New York at Bard College. She received a 2016 NeMLA Summer Research Fellowship with the Italian Diaspora Summer Seminar at the Universitá della Calabria to support her current project on gender and Italian migration in late nineteenth and early twentieth century dime novels.