- PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2008
- MA, Brandeis University, 1998
- Laurea Summa Cum Laude, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, 1995
Areas of Specialization
- Modern Jewish Literature and Philosophy
- Jewish Autobiography
- Jewish Women's Writings
- Jewish Diaspora - Europe and America: History and Cultural Production
- Shoah: Fiction, Autobiography and Film
Recently Taught Courses
- Women and Shoah Memory, Memoirs and Memorials
- At Home in the Shtetl: Pre-War Jewish Life through Literature
- Fictional Memory: Women's Autobiographies and the Definition of the Self
- Melting Identities: The Formation of a Jewish-American Identity
- Family Matters: Twentieth-Century Jewish Women Remembering Family and/as History
- Great Books of the Western World (II): Europe - From Enlightenment to Disenlightenment - A Postmodern Approach
- Diasporas: Jews and Other Immigrants Writing Their American Story
||Josephine Abney Award in Women's and Gender Studies
||Honorable Mention for the Carolyn Heilbrun Award
||The National Foundation for Jewish Culture and The Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Jewish Studies
||Blanksteen Fellowship in Jewish Studies
Current Research Projects
Presently working on book about French philosopher and Shoah survivor Sarah Kofman.
- "The JAP, the Yenta and the Mame in Aline Kominsky Crumb's Graphic Imagination" The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge University Press) June 2012.
- "Nightbirds, Nightmares and the Mothers' Smile: Art and Psychoanalysis in Sarah Kofman's Life-Writing." Women in French Studies, 2011.
- "Helena Janeczek's Lessons of Darkness: Uncharted Paths to Shoah Memory through Food and Language." Contemporary Women Writers (Oxford University Press) Fall 2011.
- "Challenging (Jewish) Invisibility: Natalia Ginzburg, Lia Levi and Clara Sereni Reinterpreting City, Family and Memory," forthcoming in the volume Performing Pasts, Inventing Selves: History and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Writing, Philippe Codde, Vivian Liska, Gert Buelens, and Kristiaan Versluys eds. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011.
- "DOWN, DOWN AND WITHIN! The Superpowers of Jewish Women's Graphic Memory," contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women" (The Jewish Forward) 2010.
- "Indispensabile naturalezza: Una conversazione con Federica K.Clementi" in the volume Wyslawa Szymborska, Opere. Pietro Marchesani, ed. Milan, Italy: Adelphi Edizioni, 2008. (Conversation with the author)
- "'Shoah Delle Donne': Famiglia e Esperienza Personale nella Letteratura Femminile della Shoah" ["'Women's Shoah:' Family and Personal Experience in Female Shoah Literature"] in Tra Storia e immaginazione: gli Scrittori ebrei di lingua italiana si raccontano. Hanna Serkowska, ed. Krakow, Poland: Wydawnictwo RABID, 2008.
- The JAP, the Yenta and the Mame in Aline Kominsky Crumb's Graphic Imagination at NORTHEAST MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (NeMLA), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ April 7-10, 2011.
- Make Yourself a Graven Image: How Graphic Memoirs Revisualize the Jewish Experience at NORTHEAST MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (NeMLA), Montreal, Quebec, April 7-11 2010.
- Entering the Matrix respondent to Bracha Ettinger's Matrixial Transjectivity, Plenary Lecture at the 38th ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA FRENCH LITERATURE CONFERENCE, Columbia, SC, March 18-20, 2010.
- "Re-Centering the Mother in Shoah Autobiography: Ruth Klüger, Edith Bruck, Sarah Kofman" at the FIFTEENTH WORLD CONGRESS OF JEWISH STUDIES, Jerusalem, Israel, August 1-7, 2009.
- "Man's Purposeful Creation: Primo Levi's Utopia of Being in La Chiave a stella" The 40th Annual Conference of the NORTHEAST MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (NeMLA), Boston, MA, February 26-March 1, 2009.
- "Entangled Roots: Helena Janeczek's Lessons in Darkness," The 40th Annual Conference of the ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH STUDIES (AJS), Washington, DC, December 21-23, 2008.
- Le parole invisibili: Fantastic Architectures in Bruno Schulz and Italo Calvino presented at the conference «CROSSING BOUNDARIES: PERSPECTIVES ON THE FANTASTIC IN ITALIAN ARTS AND CULTURES» for the Fourth Annual Robert Dombroski Italian Conference—September 22nd-23rd, 2007: University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.