Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. Cristina Lombardi-Diop

Visiting Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Literatures and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies 


Research Interests

  • Black Europe and African Literature in Italian
  • Race Theory and Whiteness Studies
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature in Italy
  • Gender and Colonialism
  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Narratives
  • Post-war Italian Film

Selected Recent Publications


  • Bianco e nero: Storia dell’identita’ razziale degli italiani. Co-authored with Gaia Giuliani. Florence: Le Monnier, forthcoming 2013.
  • Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity. Lombardi-Diop, Cristina and Caterina Romeo, eds. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. 


  • Residence Roma: The Making and Unmaking of a Migrant Vertical Village in Rome.” Global Rome. Edited by Isabella Clough Marinaro and Bjorn Thomassen. Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2013.
  • “‘Staying Long in Water Does Not Turn a Stick into a Crocodile:’ The Transformative Powers of Senegalese Culture in Italy.” The Cultures of Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives.  Eds. Graziella Parati and Anthony Tamburri. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011.
  • “Spotless Italy: The Ubiquity of Whiteness in Fascist and Post-War Consumer Culture.” California Italian Studies. Vol. 2, 2011. Eds. Albert R. Ascoli and Robert Stam. <http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8vt6r0vf>.
  • “Igiene, pulizia, bellezza e razza. La ‘bianchezza’ nella cultura italiana dal Fascismo al dopoguerra.” Parlare di razza: La lingua del colore tra Italia e Stati UnitiEds. Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh e Anna Scacchi. Verona: Ombre corte, 2012
  • “Ghosts of Memories, Spirits of Ancestors: Slavery, the Mediterranean , and the Atlantic.” Recharting the Black Atlantic: Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections. Eds. Annalisa Oboe and Anna Scacchi. London: Routledge,  2008. 162-180.
  • Selling and Storytelling: African Autobiographies in Italy.” Italian Colonialism: Legacy and Memory. Eds. Jacqueline Andall and Derek Duncan. Oxford, Bern: Peter Lang, 2005. 217- 238.
  • Pioneering Female Modernity: Fascist Women in Colonial Africa.” Italian Colonialism. Eds. Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Mia Fuller. New York: NY, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005. 145 – 154.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1999,New York University, New York,  NY,  With Honors. Dissertation: Writing the Female Frontier: Italian Women in Colonial Africa, 1890-1940
  • M.A., African and African American Studies, 1992, Yale University, New Haven, CT. MA Thesis: Against the American Dream: African-American Culture in Italy, 1940-1990
  • Laurea, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1989, University of Rome, Italy, Summa Cum Laude (110 e lode/110). Thesis: The Genesis of Richard Wright’s Native Son
  • U.N.E.D. Certificate, Lengua y Literatura Española, 1985-1989,  Instituto De Cultura Española, Rome, Italy
  • Certification, Oral Proficiency Tester, 2005, American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Courses Regularly Taught

  • LITR 200 – Masterpieces of European Literature
  • LITR 202- Modern European Novel
  • LITR 264 – Italian Film Genre
  • WSGS 101 – Introduction to Women’s Studies and Gender Studies
  • WSGS 201 – Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies – Gender and Migration in Contemporary Europe
  • WSGS 201 – Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies – Women and Totalitarianism
  • WSGS 380/497 – Queer Theory 

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • The European Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies (EACLALS), 2005 –  Present
  • Modern Language Association (MLA), 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), 1998 – Present
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), 2009 - present