Nicole Adair is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and Renaissance & Early Modern Studies, and an M.A. Candidate in English-Creative Writing at U.C. Berkeley, where she works on Italian epic poetry, women and gender studies, biblical hermeneutics, and creative writing.
Mariagrazia De Luca joined Berkeley’s Italian Studies Department in 2018. She holds an M.A. in Italian and Comparative Literature from La Sapienza of Rome and an M.A. in English Literature from The City College of New York, CUNY. She is interested in Italian postcolonial studies, literature of migration, multilingualism, and language and desire.
Kate Driscoll is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Italian Studies, with a Designated Emphasis on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Her research interests include the literary, social, and political histories of early modern Italy and Europe; issues of gender and women’s studies; and the history of music and the performing arts.
Kristen holds a B.A. in Italian Studies and Latin from the American University of Rome and an M.A. in Italian Studies from UC Berkeley. She has also worked for the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study and been a participant in FIDEM’s program in Medieval manuscript studies. For the 2018-9 academic year, she was a fellow under the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion’s ‘New Directions in Theology’ grant.
Elisa Russian is a Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. Before beginning her studies at Berkeley in 2014, she received her laurea magistrale (M.A.) in Modern Literature from the Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy, with a thesis on the autobiographical works of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Walter Siti. In her current research, Elisa explores the intersections among literature, philosophy, and sociology in twentieth- and twenty-first-century France and Italy.
Michele Segretario holds a B.A. in Music Studies and an M.A. in Musicology, summa cum laude, from the Università degli Studi di Palermo, and completed his M.A. in Musicology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is interested in migration, cultural mobility, urban space, and Italian fascism.
Diana Thow is a Phd student in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in Italian, English, and French literature as well as translation studies. Her dissertation, entitled La prova del fuoco: Lyric Translation and Poetic Innovation, examines how translations into English and Italian have shaped critical conversations about lyric poetry in the second half of the 20th century.
Nicole Trigg is a poet, translator, and scholar of feminist and queer philosophies and methodologies.