Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto

Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto Associate Professor
6056 Haley Center
(334) 844-6371

Office Hours

    By appointment


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2008

Department and Other Appointments

  • Faculty Advisor, Africana Studies
  • Faculty Advisor, Italian Club
  • Coordinator, Italian Proficiency Exam

Research and Teaching Interests

Associate Professor of Italian Studies of Somali descent; her areas of academic interests include Italy’s colonialism in East Africa, African diaspora literature and film of Italy, the Italian American diaspora, studies on nostalgia, food movements and activism, and philanthropy studies.

She is the author of Fascist Hybridities. Racial Mixing and Diaspora Cultures under Mussolini (Palgrave, 2015). While currently researching two different projects focusing on Somalia, she is also one of seven faculty advocates for the multidisciplinary outreach, teaching, and research initiative Fostering Communities in the Kitchen and Garden.

Her course offerings for Italian Studies cross-listed with the programs of Africana Studies and Women’s Studies include "Italy’s Colonialism in East Africa," "In Black and White: Fear of the Other in Cont. Italian Cinema," "On Food, Authenticity, and Social Justice in Italy," and "Black Made in Italy: Perspectives on Belonging, Citizenship, and the Italian Industry."

book cover for Fascist Hybridities

Last Updated: September 22, 2020