Sara Troyani


Research Focus: Italian and Italian-American Studies, Travel Literature, Screen Cultures Minor

Background: Originally from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, where I was raised in an Italian-Latin American community, my doctoral research on Italian-Latin American emigration literature explores the relationship between Italian travel literature featuring Latin America and the construction of a territorial as well as literary basis for Italian national identity.

Undergraduate Institution: BA, Cornell University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Master of Arts Institution: MA, University of California, Berkeley

Past Teaching:  Italian language, Italian travel literature, Italian cinema (T.A.), Spanish language, reading and composition

Current Projects (developing workshops & conferences):
2014 MLA Conference attendance, Chicago, IL

Session: Geographies of Italian American Literature

Selected Grants and Fellowships:
-Presidential Humanities Fellowship, doctoral study, Notre Dame, 2009-present

-Zahm Travel and Research Grant (UK, University of Cambridge, graduate exchange student, spring 2013)

-Nanovic Graduate Travel and Research Grant (Rome, archival research at the Centro Studi Emigrazione, summer 2012)

-Ravarino Travel Grant (Rome, University of La Sapienza, seminar on ‘Glocal’ Italy, summer 2011)

-Kellogg Institute Research Grant (Buenos Aires, archival research at the Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos, summer 2010)




“‘Guido’ Culture: the Construction of Italian-American identity on Jersey Shore.”

California Italian Studies, Vol. 4. (Forthcoming)


“Porta un bacione a Firenze.” World Film Locations: Florence. (Forthcoming)


Contact information:
323 O'Shaughnessy Hall