Dana Renga

Dana Renga is Professor of Italian Film and Media Studies and Dean of Arts and Humanities at The Ohio State University where she is also affiliated faculty in The Film Studies Program, The Department of Comparative Studies, and The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She researches and teaches on Italian film and media studies with a focus on television. She has scholarly interests in girlhood studies and has published on topics such as female adolescents in and around the mafia, casting practices and marketing strategies with regards to child and adolescent performers, and Italian teen film. She has published over forty articles and book chapters on Italian cinema and television, Italian popular culture, and modern and contemporary Italian poetry and literature and is the author of Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators on Italian Television: Gomorrah and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium (University of Toronto Press, 2013), co-author of Internal Exile in Fascist Italy: History and Representation of ‘Confino’ (University of Manchester Press, 2019), and editor of Mafia Movies: A Reader 2nd edition (University of Toronto Press, 2019). She is currently working on a book called #CastingStardom.