Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Cristina Lombardi-Diop joins team of Interdisciplinary Program Directors

Dr. Cristina Lombardi-Diop joins team of Interdisciplinary Program Directors

Dr. Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Women's Studies and Gender Studies, was appointed the Interim Director of the Rome Studies Minor. The minor, with its study-abroad component,  builds upon a recognized strength of the University – the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, and contributes to our mission of preparing students not only for the world of work, but also for the world of action, civic engagement, and leadership required to become a global citizen. Dr. Lombardi-Diop plans to refocus the program by making the Rome Studies Minor a central component of the academic and study-abroad experience of College of Arts & Sciences students by integrating its curriculum more organically with departments across the College. She will continue to work closely with the Office of International Programs and the John Felice Rome Center staff to keep the program in the spotlight.

After earning a laurea at the University of Rome, Sapienza, Cristina Lombardi-Diop came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar in order to complete a Master degree in African and African-American Studies at Yale University.  In 1999, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University. She was an Associate professor and former Chair of the Italian Studies Department at the American University of Rome (2001-2008), has taught at Northwestern University (2008-2010), and at the University of California, Berkeley (2011). At Loyola, she teaches courses on feminist and queer theory, modern Italian literature and film, Italian women’s history, and modern European literature. Among her most recent works are the edited collection Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (2012) and the monograph Bianco e nero. Storia dell’identità razziale degli italiani (2013).

We thank Susana Cavallo, Dean of Faculty, John Felice Rome Center, for her focus on the Rome Studies Minor in the past few years and for aligning the program between the Chicago and Rome campuses.