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Serena Ferrando

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Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and Italian
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202

Serena Ferrando’s research on water and contemporary Italian poetry has birthed the Navigli Project, an eco-digital interactive map of Milan’s waterways. She also studies environmental and experimental noisescapes and curates Noisemakers!, a multimedia project that utilizes sound mapping to create a multisensory experience of the world. Her publications span from literature to ecocriticism to digital humanities.

Her current book project "City of Water. Milan in the Poetry of Alda Merini, Daria Menicanti, and Milo De Angelis" is an ecocritical study of water in the urban environment of the Lombard capital.

  • Ph.D. Italian Studies, Stanford University 
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin 
  • M.A. American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 
  • B.A. Modern Foreign Languages, Università degli Studi di Genova
Research Interests: 
  • Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture
  • Environmental humanities
  • Digital humanities
  • Urban soundscapes / The city in literature
  • Noise
  • Literature and mental illness
  • Foundations of the 20th-century Italian literary canon
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ITA 423Mafia and Film
SLC 423Mafia and Film
ITA 494Special Topics
ITA 499Individualized Instruction
CDH 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ITA 322Modern Italian Culture
ITA 499Individualized Instruction
ITA 550Italian for Reading Knowledge