I grew up not too far from Boston near Newport, RI. In 2013, I completed my PhD here at Harvard in Italian Studies with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. In addition to my Adams House duties, I also work as a Lecturer in the Italian Section of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department. My biggest area of interest is Italian cinema, and I wrote my dissertation on representations of refuse (yes, garbage) in Italian film. This Fall I will be teaching Italian Cinema Bucket List, an introduction to the most important and critically-acclaimed masterpieces of Italian cinema from Neorealism to the present. In the Spring, I will be co-teaching an experimental course that combines the study of contemporary Italian poetry with digital image-making practice.
Image-making has had a huge influence on my life. I began studying filmmaking in our very own VES department. My first major project was a lyrical non-fiction short about an elderly Sicilian woman suffering from Alzheimer’s (viewable here). My most recent project is a documentary about waste (yup, garbage again), consumption and mortality in Venice, Italy. (For the moment, though, I have traded in my video camera for strollers and car seats while my little ones are still little!)
In addition to language, travel, film and filmmaking, my interests include snorkeling and SCUBA diving (my wife, Celeste, and I went to Belize for our honeymoon and love traveling to Puerto Rico), indoor rock climbing, squash (I was on the team at Vassar, my alma mater) and singing (I was in an a cappella group for awhile). I speak Italian and Spanish fluently (we speak Spanish at home), though my Japanese (I spent a year teaching English in Japan) is pretty rusty.
My wife, Celeste, is from Spain. She completed her PhD in Cognitive Linguistics at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and is currently working as a Spanish Preceptor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Celeste and I met in 2008 when we were both teaching in RLL for the first time, she in Spanish and I in Italian.
Celeste and I live in Randolph Hall with our sons, Luca and Maximo. Luca will turn four years old on New Year’s Eve. Maximo will have his second birthday in February, right around the beginning of the Spring semester. Luca and Maximo have enjoyed their summer but can’t wait for the dining hall to open so that they get to see all of their Adams House friends!