Visiting Scholars

Italian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Science


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Marco Grazzi is a full professor in Economic Policy. He obtained his PhD from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa) and his research has been published in various scientific journals, including Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Industrial Economics, Small Business Economics, Research Policy, and Review of Economics and Statistics. His research interests focus on the role of companies in determining the dynamics observed at the aggregate level of industrial sectors and countries. To achieve this goal, his works address various theoretical and empirical aspects, including international trade, firm growth and innovation, and production analysis. He is involved in various editorial activities, serving as an associate editor for Industrial and Corporate Change and Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, as well as being on the Editorial Review Board for Small Business Economics. He has been a visiting scholar at various foreign universities, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania,  University of Cambridge (UK), and EPFL Lausanne (CH). He has participated in several research projects funded by national institutions (MIUR, banking foundations) and international entities (EU-EC H2020). His personal website, with links to publications, is available here

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow


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Giovanna Corazza holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature and Dante Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she pursues her research activity. Her primary interests focus on the forms, sources, and rhetorical elaborations of the geographical knowledge in early Italian literature from the 14th-century to the Renaissance. She has published in international journals including L’Alighieri, Studi Petrarcheschi, Dante Studies, Tenzone.

Dr. Corazza is presently engaged in the GEODETIC-Geography and Cartography in Dante’s Comedy project (2023-2026), supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship under the EU HORIZON Europe for Research and Innovation Programme 2021-2027. The project aims to explore Dante's poem and its unparalleled geographical awareness, offering a groundbreaking perspective on the renewed connection with the environment, characteristic of the urban culture of Dante's era. Dr. Corazza's research will be conducted at Ca’ Foscari University-Department of Humanities, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Padua-Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World.

Past Scholars

Fulbright (2020-21)

Andrea Cartney

Andrea Carteny

Andrea Carteny is an associate professor of the history of Eastern Europe, modern history, and the history of international relations, as well as director of CEMAS (Centro di Ricerca Cooperazione con l’Eurasia, il Mediterraneo e l’Africa Sub-sahariana), an interdepartmental research center, at the Sapienza University of Rome. Carteny received both a Ph.D. in the history of Europe and M.A. in humanities from the Sapienza University of Rome. Carteny's research focuses primarily on the concept of national identity, nationalism, and ethnocentrism, as well as Eurasian History and pan-Turanism. In Spring 2021, he is at Notre Dame, hosted by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, as the recipent of a visiting professorship sponsored by the Italian Fulbright Commission, the Nanovic Institute, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Center for Italian Studies.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (2019-21)

Matteo Favaretto

Matteo Favaretto, Ph.D.

Matteo Favaretto holds a Laurea in Classics from the University of Padua, a Ph.D. in Italian literature from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and a Ph.D. in Italian literature from Royal Holloway, University of London. At Notre Dame, he will be working on a project entitled "Repertorio dei prosimetri in volgare dalle Origini al 1500," funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. After two years at Notre Dame, Dr. Favaretto will spend a year at Ca' Foscari completing the project.

Past Visiting Ph.D. Students

Catherine Bloomer

Catherine Bloomer (Fall 2020)

Catherine Bloomer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where she obtained her M.A. and M.Phil. in Italian literature. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from The New School and a B.A. in Italian and English literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Barnard College. As a Research Visitor at the University of Notre Dame, she will focus on her dissertation that treats disability in Dante’s works and times. 


Luca Naponiello

Luca Naponiello (Fall 2020)

Luca Naponiello is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. His research interests include 20th-century literature with a particular focus on folktales, ecocriticism, and narratology. As a Research Visitor at Notre Dame, he will work on his dissertation, in which he investigates ecological concerns in Italo Calvino’s work and the agency of natural elements in his Fiabe italiane. He studied Modern Philology at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, the oldest continually operating university in the world. During his undergraduate career, he spent an academic year at the University of Warwick as an Erasmus fellow. Before moving to the United States, he taught Latin and Italian in several high schools in the Bologna area. He is currently the rapporteur for the Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies.