Serena Ferrando

Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and Italian
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202
Senior Global Futures Scholar
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

Serena Ferrando’s research focuses primarily on water and modern/contemporary Italian poetry. Her book project, City of Water. Poetry and Environment in Milan, offers an original ecocritical-cultural narrative of the relationship between poetry and nature in the city of Milan, Italy and three Milanese poets. Ferrando directs a digital humanities exhibit about Milan’s water canals called Navigli Project. She also studies environmental and experimental noisescapes and offers a course titled “Noisemakers! Tracing the History of Modern Music in Italy” where students build noise instruments and develop multimedia projects that utilize sound mapping to create a multisensory experience of the world. Her publications span across the fields of literature, ecocriticism, and digital humanities.

Education

  • 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, Universit� 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

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
ITA 423 Mafia and Film
SLC 423 Mafia and Film
ITA 598 Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
SLC 494 Special Topics
ITA 494 Special Topics
ITA 550 Italian for Reading Knowledge
SLC 598 Special Topics
ITA 598 Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ITA 423 Mafia and Film
SLC 423 Mafia and Film
ITA 494 Special Topics
ITA 499 Individualized Instruction
CDH 598 Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ITA 322 Modern Italian Culture
ITA 499 Individualized Instruction
ITA 550 Italian for Reading Knowledge