Graziella Parati, the Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Literature and Language is the Director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College. She usually teaches in Comparative Literature, in Italian, and Women’s and Gender Studies and has served as chair of departments and programs: French and Italian, Comparative Literature, and Studio Art. Her scholarly interests are reflected in the books she has published: Public History, Private Stories: Italian Women’s Autobiography (1996,) Migration Italy: The Art of Talking back in a Destination Culture (2006,) Mediterranean Crossroads: Migration Literature in Italy (1999,) Migrant Writers and Urban Space in Italy: Proximities and Affect in Literature and Film (2017); New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Volume 1 Definitions, Theory, and Accented Practices and New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Volume 2: The Arts and History (2012,) Italy and The Cultural Politics of WWI (2016,) and Migrants Writers and Urban Space in Italy: Proximities and Affect in Literature and Film (2017.) Professional collaborations have engendered a series of co-edited books: with Ben Lawton Italian Cultural Studies (2001), with Rebecca West Italian Feminist Theory and Practice: Equality and Sexual Difference (2002), and with Marie Orton Multicultural Literature in Contemporary Italy (2007). She has published articles that focus primarily on migration issues.
Her book in progress is titled: Un-Becoming Fascists: The Use of Political Autobiographies in Nation Building.
She teaches a variety of courses: A history of Fascism (the course is titled “How to be a Fascist”), cultural studies and fashion, Italian American culture, film, travel literature etc. Vermont Humanities has tapped into her expertise on the history of fascism and regularly asks her to give talk to general audiences.
Currently she is devoting time to administrative work. Beside directing the Humanities Center at Dartmouth, she is chair of the steering committee of the minor in International Studies, the chair of the task force for the reinvention of Dartmouth Press, serving on the board of New Hampshire Humanities. Graziella serves on a number of editorial boards etc.