SLLC Welcomes New Faculty in Fall 2016

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Assistant Professor Mauro Resmini earned his doctorate in Italian Studies and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. His research focuses on film and media studies and critical theory, with a specific interest in contemporary Italian culture and society. His articles and essays have appeared in American Imago, Camera Obscura, The Italianist, and in the edited collections The Essay Film (Columbia University Press, 2016) and 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). He is also the author of the monograph Steven Spielberg (Il Castoro Cinema). He is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the intersections between cinema and radical politics in Italy between the late Sixties and the late Eighties.


A native of Russia and former Fulbright recipient, Visiting Assistant Professor Anastasia Selemeneva received her Ph.D. in Slavic Studies from Brown University in 2016. Her dissertation, Vladislav Khodasevich: Russia’s Poet-Critic explores the intersection of Khodasevich’s poetry and literary criticism, demonstrating the ways in which his deeply original critical work goes beyond the interpretation of meaning and points to the key issues of Russian emigration in the 1920s-1930s. Further research interests include Russian émigré culture in interwar Europe, Ivan Bunin, Vladimir Nabokov, and early Soviet literature seen through the lens of Russian emigration.


Lecturer Robert Del Greco is a Ph.D. candidate from The Ohio State University specializing in modern Japanese literature. His dissertation, “Korean Literature of Liberation in Japan: 1945-1951,” explores the political and historical viewpoints of Koreans who wrote fiction in Japanese during the postwar period. By focusing on expatriate Koreans’ literary production in the brief window between the end of WWII and the Korean war, this study brings to the fore marginalized voices from a critical turning point in history and offers a unique perspective on the genesis of a seemingly intractable geopolitical crisis. Further research interests include postcolonial theory, narratology, cultural memory, minority issues in Japan, colonial media production, and cross-cultural influences in Asian literature.


Raised in Alcorcón, Madrid, and a long-time resident of Brooklyn, Visiting Assistant Professor José Magro comes to us with a rich background as a Spanish rap artist with a BS in Social Psychology, a certified New York State 7-12 Spanish teacher with a MEd, and a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. His dissertation was titled "Language and Racism-Motivation, linguistic proficiency and awareness in the Spanish as a second language classroom: Integration of contents related to the socio-political nature of language in a content-based approach." His primary areas of research are sociolinguistics, critical applied linguistics, bilingualism, language and identity, language ideologies, glotopolitics, Spanish as a heritage language in the USA, and, very particularly, Hip-Hop and explicitly anti-racist pedagogy development.