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Grace Russo Bullaro

Professor Emerita

Grace Bullaro



B.A., City College of New York
M.A., Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook



Grace Russo Bullaro’s academic interests, stated broadly, include cultural and intellectual movements such as Modernism, Postmodernism, Existentialist philosophy and gender studies. The content areas include American culture, Italian cinema (in the latter, especially the work of directors Roberto Benigni, Lina Wertmüller and "new" migration cinema) and literature. The focus of her work has implicitly or explicitly addressed the questions: How does our culture shape who we are, on an individual and collective level? How do socio-political and cultural issues shape identity politics and global cultural exchanges? She researches, writes, and teaches about crucial issues such as racism, globalization, migratory flows and economic systems, not only through literature, but also through current mediums such as film, television and "new media". Professor Bullaro’s latest book is The Works of Elena Ferrante: Reconfiguring the Margins (December 2016), the first academic study to have been published on this important writer.

In 2016- 2017, Professor Bullaro increased her activity as contributing writer to the bilingual online news publication, La Voce di New York/The Voice of New York, offering commentary on socio-political issues that impact us on a national or global level. As of December 2017 this is now a regular column, “Insights on Currents” at

Selected Publications

  • The Works of Elena Ferrante: Reconfiguring the Margins (December 2016)
  • Shaping and Shifting a National Identity: Migration Literature in Italy Today (2014)
  • From Terrone to Extracomunitario: New Manifestations of Racism in Contemporary Italian Cinema (2010)
  • Man in Disorder, The Cinema of Lina Wertmüller in the 1970s (2007)
  • Beyond Life is Beautiful, Comedy and Tragedy in the Cinema of Roberto Benigni (2005)