Paola Bonifazio

Paola Bonifazio is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a NEH-Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2011-12. Her research interests focus on gender studies, and feminist and postfeminist theories, film and media theory and history. Her first book Schooling in Modernity: The Politics of Sponsored Films in Postwar Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2014) explores short film productions sponsored by state and non-state agencies to promote modernization and industry, and to govern the Italian people’s conduct. Her second book The Photoromance: A Feminist Reading of Popular Culture (MIT Press, 2020) explores the storytelling, cross-platform success, and female fandom of an often scorned medium. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the reception and appropriation of the American western in Italian media, from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West (1890) to Django (1966). With Ellen Nerenberg and Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Paola is a founding editor of gender/sexuality/italy.