Rossella Merlino will be a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Spring of 2016. She received her M.A. in Contemporary Italian Studies from UCL in 2008 and her Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde in 2013, and worked as a Teaching Fellow in Italian at the Universities of Bath and Exeter. She has recently been appointed as Lecturer and Head of Italian at the University of Bangor. Her research focuses on the cultural dimension of Italian organized crime, with a specific reference to the Sicilian mafia and religion, on which she has published several articles in international journals. At Seton Hall, she will conduct a preliminary comparative study between the memoirs and letters written by Sicilian mafia bosses and the selected memoirs of American mafiosi. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall will include "The religious dimension of the Sicilian mafia: an overview", "A comparative analysis between the Sicilian and the American mafia", "The mafia as a 'Southern Question': apology, cultural representations, and otherness".
Kate Mitchell was a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in 2007 and worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Lucy Cavendish College) between 2008 and 2011. She is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and author of Italian Women Writers: Gender and Everyday Life in Fiction and Journalism, 1870-1910 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) as well as co-editor of Women and Gender in Post-Unification Italy: Between Private and Public Spheres (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). She has published articles on Neera, La Marchesa Colombi, Matilde Serao and Giacomo Puccini. At Seton Hall, she worked on an article on divas and ‘feminine beauty' in nineteenth-century Italian literary culture. The topics of her lectures were ‘Opera Divas and Heroines in Nineteenth-Century Italy', ‘Le donne italiane nell'Ottocento' and ‘Scrittici e lettrici italiane del tardo Ottocento'.
Jessy Carton was a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2013. She received a bachelor's and master's degree in French and Italian Linguistics and Literature from Ghent University (Belgium). She is currently preparing a Ph.D. in Italian literature under the supervision of professor Sabine Verhulst. The aim of her Ph.D. research is to understand the ethos or self-presentation of the literary outsider and his anomalous views on literature and society by means of a case study of the Italian author-journalist Goffredo Parise (1929-1986). Jessy Carton has published articles on Raffaele La Capria, Goffredo Parise and Ennio Flaiano in leading international journals. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall University include "Giorgio Bassani's Commitment: Recounting the Tragedy of the Italian Jews in the Second World War", "Cold War in Italy: Capitalism, Communism and Diversity in Goffredo Parise's Travel Reports" and "Rome and the Economic Miracle: La Dolce Vita? Ennio Flaiano's Criticism of Post-War Italy".
Federico Casari was Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies for the month of September, 2012. He received a B.A. in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Bologna (Italy), and an M.A. in Italian Philology from the same university. He is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian at Durham University. Supervised by Professor Carlo Caruso, his research project is designed towards the understanding of a typically Italian genre of literary journalism, the elzeviro, and its impact in the process of literary reporting between the second half of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. At Seton Hall he lectured on "America 1850-1860. How the Italians discovered the United States" and "Milano and the Making of I promessi sposi".