Michela Valmori

Visit Dates: 2017-18

University of Bologna, Italy

Research Interests
  • Comparative Literature with a focus on migrant writing
  • Diaspora of Italian-American¬†literature
  • Second language acquisition and didactics

Distinguished Italian Fulbright Lecturer Michela Valmori joins the Institute from the University of Bologna, where she currently serves as a lecturer in Languages and Literature. Her areas of expertise include migrant literature, Italian-American studies, and the Beat Generation. She wrote her dissertation in Comparative Literature at King's College University and has lectured at Goldsmiths University London and Harvard University in the United States. She has also specialized in Italian language linguistics and pedagogy, an interest which she continues to explore in her recent investigation of language use among Italian migrants to the USA. While at Notre Dame, Dr. Valmori taught a cross-listed, interdisciplinary course, "The Culture of Italian Emigration," focusing on "fictional, non-fictional, musical, and visual texts that recount the experience of migration as seen through the eyes of Italian American as well as Italian authors."

She was a visiting scholar during the 2017-2018 academic year.