Chiara Mazzucchelli

Chiara Mazzucchelli, Ph.D.

Chiara Mazzucchelli is Associate Professor of Italian Studies in the Modern Languages and Literatures department. She teaches mostly undergraduate intermediate and advanced courses in Italian language, culture, and literature.

She graduated from the University of Catania, Italy, with a Summa Cum Laude Laurea (M.A.) in Foreign Languages and Literatures. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to further pursue her graduate studies in the United States. In 2007, she received a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University.

She has co-directed and directed Study Abroad Programs in Florence, Italy, for both FAU and UCF.

She is the current Editor of Voices in Italian Americana, a semiannual literary and cultural journal dedicated to Italian-American studies.


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University (2007)

Research Interests

Italian Studies, Italian-American Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies  

Selected Publications


  • The Heart and the Island: A Critical Study of Sicilian-American Literature. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015.


  • “Going Back to Go Forward: Nat Scammacca and the Antigruppo Siciliano.” Italian Americana 33.2 (Summer 2015): 186-199.

  • “Ask the Lyrics: John Fante in Music.” Music and Society. Ed Alessandro Carrera. Spec. issue of Forum Italicum 49.2 (2015): 596-610.

  • “‘The Scum of the Scum of the Scum’: Rose Romano’s Search for Sisterhood.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 18.3 (2014): 298-309.  

  • “Il diritto all’etnicità: Italoamericani nei legal thriller di Lisa Scottoline.” Essere o non essere italoamericani. Ed. Emanuele Pettener. Spec. issue of Nuova prosa 50 (2009): 129-45.

  • “Bandits Like Us: Mario Puzo’s The Sicilian and the Italian/American Reader.” Reconsidering Mario Puzo. Ed. Chris Messenger, Michele Fazio, and JoAnne Ruvoli. Spec. issue of Voices in Italian Americana 19.2 (2008): 121-35. 
  • “Ethnic Regionalism in American Literature: the Case of Sicilian/American Writers.” Literary Regionalism. Ed. Joseph Yu. Spec. issue of Tamkang Review 38.1 (2007): 119-42.



Book Sections/Chapters

  •  “The Bandit, the Gangster, and the American Army Shorts: Michael Cimino’s The Sicilian.” Mafia Movies: A Reader. Ed. Dana Renga. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. 134-140.

Book Reviews

  • Review-Essay of By the Breath of Their Mouth: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America, by Mary Jo Bona, and Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice, ed. by William Connell and Fred Gardaphé. Journal of Modern Italian Studies 19.2 (2014). 209-211.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • “Nofrio on the Telephone.” Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943. Eds. Francesco Durante, Robert Viscusi, Anthony Tamburri, and James Periconi. Fordham UP, 2014. 475-487.   
  • “Mi benedica padre.” By Fred Gardaphé. Essere o non essere italoamericani. Ed. Emanuele Pettener. Spec. issue of Nuova prosa 50 (2009): 185-96.

  • Cristo si è fermato a Eboli: Learning Italian Through Film. New York: Edizioni Farinelli, 2009. 


  • 2016-2017 Excellence in Research Award, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Central Florida 
  • 2016-2017 College of Arts & Humanities nominee for the University Excellence in Professional Service Award
  • 2014-2015 In-House Research Grant, University of Central Florida. Project: “Leaving the Island: Sicilian and Sicilian-American Writers on Emigration.” 
  • 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Arts and Humanities
  • 2012 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP), College of Arts and Humanities
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