English and Journalism
Roberta Di Carmine
|Office||219 Simpkins Hall: 309-298-2192|
|Office hours||Sabbatical SP14|
I was born and raised in Pescara, Italy, where I received my Laurea (magna cum laude, University "G. D'Annunzio"). I hold a Master's degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon.
Before coming to WIU in 2006, I taught at Dickinson College (Pennsylvania) and at the University of Oklahoma.
At WIU, I am responsible for teaching film courses and directing the Interdisciplinary Film Minor. I am also the faculty adviser for the WIU Film Studies Club. Having contributed to the creation of an Interdisciplinary Film Minor has made my staying at WIU particularly enjoyable. I love teaching film and I do enjoy interacting with students who have a passion for film and filmmaking.
My scholarly interests mostly focus on race/ethnicity and gender. I have published refereed articles on food and Italian American cinema, teaching African cinema to undergraduates, and violence and sexuality in the early films by Matteo Garrone. In 2011, Peter Lang published my first book, Italy Meets Africa. Colonial Discourses in Italian Cinema and in 2012 my work on Italian film comedy was published in A Companion to Film Comedy (edited by Andrew Horton and Joanna Rapf, Wiley-Blackwell).
I have had the privilege to be recognized as film scholar and faculty member:
- Winner, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, Western Illinois University, April 22, 2013
- Nominated for the United States, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, International Book Award, "Premio Internazionale di Italianistica Ennio Flaiano,” April-May, 2012 (for my book Italy Meets Africa).
- Winner, 2010 Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus, Western Illinois University, October 13, 2010
- Winner, College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Faculty Award for Internationalizing the Campus, Western Illinois University, May 7, 2010
Besides watching and discussing movies, I love to travel. I enjoy exploring new places and cultures. I also enjoy architecture, contemporary art and design, photography, good wine and good food! and, I adore dogs...