I am a Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell. My own work moves between environmental humanities with a focus on climate change, Italian studies, and critical theory. My most recent book is Fuel. A Speculative Dictionary (Minnesota, 2016). I have been editor of Diacritics since 2017. I am particularly excited about developing a broad community of readers, writers, reviewers, and artists who can find inspiration in the journal. I have a strong sense of the journal’s history while I am also looking toward the future. As editor I generally do not know the identity of the author until we decide whether or not to publish (and in this sense we are “triple blind”). The process has led to some delightful surprises!
I took over the position of managing editor of Diacritics in 2020, thus returning to Cornell where I also earned my PhD. In the past, I have worked as managing editor for a university press, as translator in digital scholarship services, and as an instructor of film and media studies. I now run Diacritics full time, from submission queries and copyediting to art selection and final press-ready files. I enjoy supporting authors at all stages of their academic careers in refining their intellectual arguments and their personal writing styles.