Diana Garvin

Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies Department of Romance Languages University of Oregon

 Cornell University – Ithaca, NY2009 – 2016

Ph.D., Romance Studies, 2016, M.A. 2012

Committee: Medina Lasansky (Chair), Kate McCullough, Timothy Campbell

 Harvard University – Cambridge, MA                     2002 – 2006

A.B., Romance Studies, 2006, cum laude


Book Manuscript

Feeding Fascism. Under review with University of Toronto Press (September 2019).


“Reproductive Healthcare from Fascism to Forza Nuova.” Forthcoming with Signs, Spring 2021.

“Black Markets: The Production of Fascist Racism in East African Marketplace Newsreels.” Forthcoming with Journal of Modern European History (TBD 2020).

 “Constructing Race through Commercial Space: Merkato Ketema under Fascist Urban Planning.”  Journal of Modern Italian Studies. 25.2 (2020): 118-148.

“Singing Truth to Power: Melodic Resistance and Bodily Revolt in Italy’s Rice Fields.” Annali d’Italianistica, special edition “Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy.” Eds. Jo Ann Cavallo and Carlo Lottieri. 34 (2016): 371-398. (Winner of the 2017 Russo and Linkon Award for Best Published Article for Academic Audiences, Working-Class Studies Association.)

“Taylorist Breastfeeding in Rationalist Clinics: Constructing Industrial Motherhood in Fascist Italy.” Critical Inquiry. 41 (2015): 655-674. 

Essays in Edited Volumes

“Interracial Wetnursing in Italian East Africa.” Under contract with The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism.  Eds. Chelsea Schields and Dagmar Herzog.  New York: Routedge, TBD.

“Producing Consumers: Gendering Italy through Food Advertisements.” In Representing Italy through Food.  Eds. Peter Naccarato, Ken Albala, and Zachary Nowak.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2016: 143-161. 

“Communicative Blogging for Student Engagement and Blended Literacy.”  In Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Guide for College and University Faculty. Ed. Kimberly Williams.  New York: Routledge, 2015: 103-106.

Conference Proceedings

“Autarchic by Design: Aesthetics and Politics of Kitchenware.”  In Food and Material Culture: Proceedings of the 2013 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. London: Prospect Books, 2013: 11-19.


Antonio Negri, “To the Origins of Biopolitics. A Seminar” (“Alle origini del biopolitico”). In Biopower: Foucault and Beyond.  Eds. Vernon W. Cisney and Nicolae Morar. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016: 48-64.

Roberto Esposito, “The Person and Human Life”  (“Persona e vita umana”). In Theory after “Theory.”   Eds. Derek Attridge and Jane Elliott. Co-trans. Thomas Kelso. New York: Routledge, 2011: 205-219.

Book Reviews                                                                                                                                                       

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015).  Journal of Modern Italian Studies 23.1 (2018): 122-125.

Igiaba Scego and Rino Bianchi, Roma negata: Percorsi postcoloniali nella città (Rome: Ediesse, 2014). Forum Italicum 50.3 (2016): 1270-1271.

Gaia Giuliana and Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Bianco e Nero: Storia dell’identità razziale degli italiani (Florence: Le Monnier, 2013). Forum Italicum 49.3 (2015): 211-212.

Massimo Montanari, Let the Meatballs Rest and Other Stories about Food and Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012). Food, Culture, and Society 16.4 (2013): 700-702.

Richard Pells, Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). Annali d’Italianistica 30 (2012): 614-615.

Rada Bieberstein, Lost Diva Found Woman: Female Representations in New Italian Cinema and National Television from 1995 to 2005 (Marburg: Schüren, 2010). Forum Italicum 45.1 (2011): 264-265.

Cecilia Novero, Antidiets of the Avant-Garde: From Futurist Cooking to Eat Art (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Annali d’Italianistica 28 (2010): 619-620.


“Food, Fascism, and Language,” interview for Curious: Where Research Meets Radio on Jefferson Public Radio Exchange, National Public Radio. Recorded on February 10, 2020. 

“Fascist and Neo-Fascist Oppression of Women,” interview for Treyf: A Debatably Jewish Podcast, “Fascism and the Far-Right” series.  Recorded on September 8, 2019 by Sam Bick and David Zinman.

“Caffè corretto,” interview for Punch magazine, “Coffee” column.  Published on October 26, 2018 by Katie Parla.

“Barley Coffee:  It’s Just as Good as it Sounds,” interview for Saveur magazine, “Drink” column.  Published on January 19, 2018 by Prathap Nair.

University of Oregon Interviews

“Presidential commitment LIFTs new language programs” interview for Around the O magazine, Academics and Research section.  Published on June 20, 2019.

“Culinary and Cultural History of Fascism and Colonialism,” interview for UO Today television show, “New Faculty” segment.  Aired on October 4, 2018.

Travel Guide   

Let’s Go: Spain and Portugal 2006. Ed. Diana Garvin. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.


International and National

Fulbright Global Scholar Award2020 – 2022
Getty Library Research Grant2020
Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, American Academy of Rome2017 –  2018
Columbia University Postdoctoral Fellowship, Italian Academy (Honor Declined)2017 –  2018
MLA Travel Grant – conference travel2017
Boston University, Department of Gender Studies Visiting Scholar2016 – 2017
Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship2016
NWSA Travel Grant – conference travel2016
CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources2015 – 2016
AAUW American Fellowship (Honor Declined)2015 – 2016
American University of Rome, Center for the Study of Migration Visiting Scholar2015
Julia Child Foundation Scholarship – conference travel2014
Oxford University Cherwell Studentship – dissertation research, symposium travel2013
AFS Sue Samuelson Award for Foodways Scholarship – essay prize2013
FLAS Fellowship – summer language study2011
University of Oregon  
OVPRI Summer Salary (UO NEH Summer Salary nominee)2020
UO Presidential Fellow in Humanistic Studies2019 – 2020
OHC Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship2019 – 2020
CSWS Faculty Research Grant2019 – 2020
OVPRI New Junior Faculty Research Award2018 – 2019
LIFT Award2018 – 2019

Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences
Sage Fellowship – full tuition funding and stipend2009 – 2015
Graduate Conference Travel Grants (7) – conference travel2009 – 2015
Graduate Research Travel Grant – pre-dissertation research2009

Society for the Humanities

HASTAC Scholarship2014 – 2015
Mellon Graduate Fellowship on Occupation (Alternate)2013

Institute for African Development

Michael Latham Travel Grant – conference travel2015

Institute for Comparative Modernities

Graduate Reading Group Grant on Networks, Assemblages, and Systems2014 – 2015

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

Seed Grants (2) –  “The Language of Food” conference organization2011 – 2012
Michele Sicca Research Grant – dissertation research2010

Department of Romance Studies

Berkowitz Grants (3) – conference travel2012 – 2016
Language Research Grant – language study in Italy2013

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Teagle Fellowship – pedagogic research and training2012 – 2013
“Enhancing Teaching with Technology” Certificate – pedagogic training2012


“Noi siam le canterine antifasciste: Voicing Resistance in Song and Testimony,” keynote for the Italian Graduate Society “Voices” conference at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ (November).2019
“La Cucina Futurista,” lecture for the Food for Thought seminar series at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy (June).2018

“Fighting for Flavor: Female Field Workers and the Battle for Taste,” lecture for the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche), Pollenzo, Italy (February).

“From Local Ecology to National Biology,” lecture for the Food and Sustainability Program at the Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy (January).

“Working Class Gender History,” lecture for the Italian Studies Colloquium at Brown University, Providence, RI (November).




“Bird Egg, Work Song, Wild Cat Strike: The Spectrum of Women’s Anti-Fascist Resistance,” lecture

for the “Food and the State” panel at the Early Career Research Network in the History of Food and

Drink in Modern Europe Invitational Workshop at University of Saint Andrews, Scotland (October).

“Black Milk: Colonial Foodways and Intimate Imperialism,” lecture for the “Feminism + the Senses” speaker series at the Center for the Study of Women, University of California at Los Angeles, CA (April).


“Microbiostoria,” lecture for the “Liquid Modernities” panel at the Early Career Research Network in the History of Food and Drink in Modern Europe Invitational Workshop at University of Saint Andrews, Scotland (June). 
“Colonial East Africa to Multi-Ethnic Europe: Migration over Time” lecture for the Center for the Study of Migration and Racism in Italy at the American University of Rome, Italy (December).2015

“Queer Pe(n)ne: Pasta Companies and Lesbigay Families” lecture for the Center for Food Studies at the American University of Rome, Italy (November).


“Food Studies Approaches to the Historical Archive,” lecture for the Center for Food Studies at the American University of Rome, Italy (October).



“Autarchic by Design: Aesthetics and Politics of Kitchenware,” plenary session for the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery at Oxford University, Oxford, England (July).



“A Fine Linea: How Italian Food Advertisements Reflected and Affected Gender Division,” lecture for the Gastronomy Lecture Series, then invited to reprise lecture for “Food and the Visual Arts” Gastronomy Program seminar at Boston University, Boston, MA (March, June). 


 Conferences Organized

“The Language of Food: Exploring Representations of the Culinary in Culture”2011 ­– 2012

×  Coordinated Anthropology, Architecture, Italian, Vintner, and Brewer panels, keynotes

×  Curated “Italianissimo:  Avant-Garde Food Advertising” ad exhibit at Olin Kroch Rare Books Library

×  Assisted Whitten Overby’s curation of “Consuming Food in Space” photography and object exhibit at   Johnson Museum,  Jimena Roses-Sierra’s curation “Menu Morsels” exhibit at Kroch Rare Books Library

×  Organized “Food: Italian Style!” film series, speakers, and class visits at Cornell Cinema

×  Raised $3600 in co-sponsorships, procured $1000 in food and wine donations

×  Created conference-related course material for Cornell’s undergraduate colleges

Collaborative Projects Co-Organized

 “Anti-Fascist Cocktail Hour” sensory event                      2018

Organized edible-architectural-musical-political event to create civil discourse around a problematic historical recipe with Chris Behr, Brandon Clifford, Jessica Peritz, and the Rome Sustainable Food Project. This project staged an edible experiment in creating civil discourse: we used our respective talents as a historian (Diana Garvin), a chef (Chris Behr), an architect (Brandon Clifford), and a musician (Jess Peritz) to mediate a cocktail from F.T. Marinetti’s La cucina futurista (The Futurist Cookbook), a recipe with Fascist associations.  Reckoning with the recipe involved translating principles of egalitarian political power into material form, artistically engaging with the drink so as to disarm its political associations.  This project was sponsored by the American Academy in Rome Fellows Collaborative Project Grant.

  Conference Panels Organized

“Italy in the World, the World in Italy: Transnational Commodities,” panel organized with Brian Griffith slated for the American Historical Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA  (January).2021
“Colonial Ecologies from the Renaissance to Today,” panel at the American Academy in Rome, Italy (January).



“The Business of Pasta: The Chairman, The Grandma, and the Curious Case of the Industrial Artisan,” panel at the Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, New York, NY (April).



“Food as a Site of Coercion” panel at “The Language of Food” Conference, Ithaca, NY (April).2012

   Conference Papers

“Monopolì,” presentation for “New Capitalism in Mussolini’s Italy” panel for the Society for Italian Historical Studies slated for the American Historical Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA (January).2021
“Transnational Italian Studies: Crossings, Exchanges, and Future Opportunities,” round table at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA (January).2020
“Futurist Caffès in Postcolonial Asmara,” presentation for “Postcolonial Architecture” panel at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA (January). 
“Botanical Empire: East African Plants and Animals under Italian Fascism,” presentation for “Environmental Humanities in the Mediterranean III: Natures on the Road” panel at the American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Winston-Salem, NC (March).2019

“When Cuisines Collide,” lecture for the Rome Modern Italy seminar series at the

American Academy in Rome in collaboration with the British School in Rome, Italy (March).

“Mapping the Merkato: Fascist Urban Planning in Addis Ababa and Asmara,” presentation for “Colonialisms, Cinema, and Cartographic Imaginaries“ panel at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. (January).


“Making Mamma Africa: Breastfeeding Photography in Italian East Africa,” presentation for “New Directions in East African Gender Studies“ panel at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (December).


“Steel Razors and Paper Soldiers: Handling Racism in the Eritrean and Ethiopian Collections,“ lecture for the Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, FL (November).


“An Empire You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand,“ lecture for the Florida International University, Miami, FL (November).

“Imperial Wetnursing,“ lecture slated for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University, Boston, MA (October). 
“Black Markets: Constructing Race through Commercial Space in Ethiopia and Eritrea,” presentation for “Mediating Time and Space” panel at the Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (June).



“Feeding Under Fire: The Racial Politics of Domestic Work in Italian East Africa,” presentation for “Intersections of Race and Gender in Italy” panel at the American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Boulder, CO (March). 

“Performing Pain: Women’s Work Songs as Cultural Tools,” Skype presentation for “Gender and Trauma” panel at the American Comparative Literature Conference, Seattle, WA (March).


“How to Build the Perfect Mother: Taylorist Breastfeeding, Double-Weighing, and the Construction of Industrial Motherhood in Fascist Italy,” presentation  at the European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies Conference, Helsinki, Finland (August).



“Personal, Political, Edible: Gender and Power in the Modern Italian Kitchen,” presentation for “Progress and Propaganda” panel at the Roger Smith Conference, New York, NY (April).2013



“Architectural Solutions for Demographic Problems presentation for “The Poetics of Fascism” panel at American Comparative Literature Conference, New York, NY (March).


“Prescriptive Cookbooks,” presentation for “Wartime Cookbooks: Artifacts of Home Front Culture, Tools of Social Engineering, Narratives of Survival” panel at the Roger Smith Conference, New York, NY (February).

“Producing Consumers: How 1950s Food Advertisements in La Cucina Italiana Evoked and Created Gendered Bodies,” presentation for “Il dopoguerra culinario” panel at the “Italian Food: Fact and Fiction” Conference at the Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy (June).



“From Fascist Ideals to Consumer Appeals: Negotiating the Significance of Food Stuffs in Media,” presentation for “Defining Society: Representations of Food in Italian Culture” panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, New Brunswick, NJ (April).2011


Department of Romance Languages – Eugene, OR

RL 407/507: Fascism and Neo-Fascism                                                                                            2020

This course examines Fascism and Neo-Fascism in Southern Europe to investigate how the 20th century past shapes the 21stcentury present.  We contextualize examples of Fascist culture (art and music) alongside primary documents (propaganda and speeches) and secondary sources (political and cultural theories) to understand the fusion of public and private spheres that characterizes totalitarian politics.   Students learn how to interpret primary sources and how to craft compassionate arguments.  Together, these two skills prepare students to deliver a convincing case for ethical actions in real world scenarios.

ITAL 150: Modern Italian History through Food2019

Mediterranean foodways show how Italy, France, and Spain connect through common politics, geography and trade routes. This course uses food as a lens to introduce you to Southern European culture and to examine broader questions of national identity in global Europe.  Using the digital collections of the Barilla Gastronomic Library, you will analyze cookbooks, recipes, and menus alongside novels and films to identify the  cultural commonalities linking cuisine, literature, and film in different time periods.  For the final project, you will engage in the culinary arts yourself, drawing on historical articles and photographs as to recreate a Futurist happening at the Milanese Santo Palato tavern.        This introductory course will provide you with a toolkit for scholarship at the university level: weekly readings will teach you to understand Mediterranean history through food, food-themed film, and literature, from Italian manifestos like F.T. Marinetti’s “Futurist Cuisine” to Carlo Petrini’s “Slow Food.”

ITAL 491/591: Tra l’Africa Orientale e l’Italia2019
“La mia casa è dove sono,” “My home is where I am.”  Italo-Somali author Igiaba Scego’s famous assertion evokes our seminar’s focus: the enmeshment of colonial Africa and postcolonial Europe. To do so, we will use small research workshops and student-led discussions to apply postcolonial and critical race theory to the study of contemporary poetry, novels, and films.  We will also examine the problematics of the colonial archive and historical memory, giving special attention to issues of access and information flow in government and private repositories like the Archivio Luce, the Archives Nationales d’outre-mer, and the Wolfsonian Museum.
ITAL 152: Feminist Lens: Italian and French Women in Film2019
“Feminist Lens” focuses on films produced by Italian and French female directors, introducing you to the brilliant women behind the cameras from the 1970s to today.  Questions of gender roles and violence from Fascism and Nazism through World War II inflect Lina Wertmüller’s Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) and Liliana Cavani’s German trilogy (1974-1985). Intersections of sexuality tangle former Maghreb colonies and multi-ethnic metropoles in Claire Denis’s Beau Travail (1999) and White Material (2010).  Ultimately, you will be able to describe angles, frames, and shots in films as the artistic context of second-wave feminist groups like Diotima and Rivolta Femminile as well as third-wave and contemporary alliances like Ni putes, ni soumises and Féministes indigenes.
ITAL 399: La cultura culinaria2019
From Dante’s infernal Circle of the Gluttons to Caravaggio’s delectable fruit baskets to Artusi’s patriotic nationalist cookbook, Italian history is written in garlic and oil.  This course, taught in Italian, focuses on food in the arts to teach Italian history. Opera from Verdi and Puccini sing of wedding banquets and caffè disputes.  Paintings from Caravaggio and Arcimboldo reveal Renaissance repasts and Baroque feasts in vivid detail.  Close readings of cookbooks and recipes will show how playwrights and painters prepared their daily minestra.  We will contextualize the workshops and close readings with series of short lectures devoted to Italian culinary history.  By studying masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present day through the lively and accessible theme of food, you will conclude this course with a knowledge of modern Italian history and culture that is as memorable as it is delicious. 
RL 407/507: Mediterranean Ecocriticism2019
This interdisciplinary course bridges the arts and the sciences, introducing you to human-land relationships across Northern Italy and France.  Together, we will explore the Green Humanities in the greater Mediterranean: we will analyze documentary filmmaking inspired by activist winemakers from Piedmont to the Pyrenees.  Our regular speaker series brings UO scientists into the classroom: you will be able to discuss Serenella Iovino, Bruno Latour, and Michel Serres’ humanist approaches to climate change with technical experts.
ITAL 319: Mezzogiorno2018
This interdisciplinary course bridges the arts and the sciences, introducing you to human-land   relationships across Southern Italy, North Africa, and East Africa.  Together, we will explore the Green Humanities in the greater Mediterranean: we will analyze activist artwork of earthquakes and volcanoes.  We will read investigative reporting on the eco-mafia and discuss the meaning of their slogan, “Trash is Gold.”  Our Scientist Speaker Series brings experts into the classroom: here you will be able to discuss the art and architecture of Pompeii with an expert on volcanology.

Cornell University Teaching – Ithaca, NY

  Department of Romance Studies

ITAL 1301: European Modernisms: Style in Architecture, Literature, and Film Instructor2015
ITAL 2090: Italian Intermediate Composition and Conversation I Instructor2013
ITAL 1220 and 1210: Elementary Italian Instructor2012

 Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

FGSS 2010: Introduction to FGSS Teaching Assistant2014
FGSS 3720: Food, Gender, and Culture Teaching Assistant2013

 Center for Teaching Excellence

“Teaching with Technology” Workshop Leader2013

International Teaching – Italy and France

Johns Hopkins SAIS Associazione Italo-Americana Teaching – Bologna, Italy

Levels 1-6: American Literature Instructor2009
TEFL levels 1-6: English Language Instructor2009

Université François Rabelais Teaching – Tours, France

American Art History Lecturer2007
English for Computer Science and Technology Lecturer2006
American and British English Phonetics Lecturer2006


 Service to the Profession


Referee for peer-reviewed journals: Contemporary European History, Food and Society, Italian Culture, The Italianist


Referee for Hackett Publishing

Service to the Field

UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies  2019 – present

Affiliated Faculty Member

Service to the University of Oregon

College of Arts and Sciences2019
Provided invited lecture on “Global History of Italian Coffee” 
Oregon Humanities Center2020

Research Interest Group member for “Science, Technology, and Society”

Center for the Study of Women in Society2020

Provided research article for CSWS annual report.

Research Development Office2019

Provided interview text for Research and Communications Coordinator OVPRI newspaper article.

Interviewed and elected new Research Development Officers with interdisciplinary faculty team.

Department of Romance Language

Graduate Committee2018 – 2020

Represented Italian sector, co-authored redesign of RL PhD program, assessed graduate files

 Italian Sector2020 
Created CourseLeaf submissions Global Studies Perspective for 3 courses: RL 151 “Mediterranean Foodways,” ITAL 153 “Feminist Lens,” and ITAL 305, “La cultura culinaria”
MA Exam, Adviser: Yasmin Diaz Mendias (RL MA)2019 – present 
Primary Exam Field, Italian literature: Robin Okumu2019 – 2020 
MA Exam, period 4: Gerardo Pisacane (ITAL PhD)2018 – 2019 
MA Exam, period 4: Kenya Jimenez (ITAL MA)2018 – 2019 

Guest Lectures

Romance Languages seminar2019
Provided guest lecture on “Farming under Fascism: The Ecology of Italian Empire”



Italian sector2018

Provided 4 guest lectures across ITAL 100 and 200 levels on “Italian Coffee and Food History.”



Food Studies Program

Provided guest lecture on “Eugenic Cookery: Recipes from Italy’s Fascist Regime.”


Cornell University Service and Honors

Society for the Humanities Graduate Seminar Participant   2013

Selected to participate in Senior Scholar in Residence Judith Butler’s graduate seminar.



Olin and Uris Library “Europe in the World” Contributing Curator


Awarded a graduate prize for exhibit of Roman and Milanese ephemera and curatorial text.

Department of Romance Studies Service  2010 – 2011

Graduate Representative for Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA)


Cornell University Pedagogical Training – Ithaca, NY

Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

Teaching Writing course2014

Department of Romance Studies

Pedagogy practicum2010
Methodology of Romance Language Learning and Teaching course2010

Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching as Research in Higher Education course2013
Teaching in Higher Education course2012
Enhancing Teaching with Technology workshop series2012

Harvard University Pedagogical Training – Cambridge, MA

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Language course2006
Bureau of Study Counsel Training workshop series2003

Italian Language Training

Parola Italian Language School – Florence, Italy2013
Middlebury Italian Graduate Program – Middlebury, VT2011

LANGUAGES          Italian – near-native fluency

French – advanced written and spoken

Portuguese, Spanish – intermediate written and spoken

German – beginning written and spoken

Amharic – elementary spoken


Modern Language Association         American Historical Association
American Comparative Literature Association         Coordinating Council for Women in History
American Association of Italian Studies         Society for Italian Historical Studies
African Studies Association         National Women’s Studies Association
Association for the Study of Food and Society         National Italian American Foundation
European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies