Chiara Mazzucchelli

Chiara Mazzucchelli, Ph.D.

  • Associate Department Chair
  • Associate Professor
  • 407-823-2472
  • Office Hours: Fall '20 Remote Office Hours (Zoom): Wednesday, 10am-12pm and by appointment
  • Campus Location: TCH360E

Chiara Mazzucchelli is Associate Professor and Dr. Neil Euliano Chair in Italian Studies. She is also Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Provost Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020. She directs the Italian program and teaches courses in Italian language, culture, cinema, and literature.

She graduated from the University of Catania, Italy, with a Summa Cum Laude Laurea (M.A.) in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Through a Fulbright fellowship, she earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University.

She is the author of The Heart and the Island: A Critical Study of Sicilian American Literature (SUNY Press, 2015) and has published articles in journals such as Italica, Nuova Prosa, Forum Italicum, Altreitalie, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. From 2009 to 2018, she was editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, a semiannual literary and cultural journal dedicated to Italian-American studies.

  • Provost Faculty Fellow (2019-2010)
  • Dr. Neil Euliano Chair in Italian Studies (Fall 2018-present)
  • Associate Chair (Spring 2017-present)
  •  Director of the Italian Studies program (Fall 2014-present)


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

Research Interests

Italian studies; Italian-American studies; migration and diaspora 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.


  • Forthcoming “Bedda: Il progetto siculo-americano e femminista di Gioia Timpanelli.” Campi Immaginabili(accepted and forthcoming).  
  • “In Both Social Worlds at the Same Time: The Literature of Sicilian Americans.” Socioscapes: International Journal of Societies, Politics, and Cultures 1.1 (Winter 2019): 369-378. 
  • La Merica for Children: Emigration in Luigi Capuana’s Gli ‘americani’ di Ràbbato.” Altreitalie 58 (2019): 60-77.
  • “Roots and Routes: Immigration in Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano Series.” Italica 95.2 (Summer 2018): 161-182.
  • “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. 


  • 2017-2018 Research Incentive Award-RIA, UCF
  • 2016-2017 Excellence in Research Award, UCF 
  • 2014-2015 In-House Research Grant, UCF 
  • 2012-2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, UCF
  • 2011-2012 Teaching Incentive Program -TIP, UCF


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10466 ITA3420 Italian Composition Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
19582 ITW3100 Survey of Italian Literature Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93589 ITA1120C Ele Italian Language & Civ Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
92140 ITA3760 Advanced Italian Oral Com Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

No courses found for Spring 2020.

No courses found for Fall 2019.

Updated: Sep 1, 2020