Laura Di Bianco
Laura Di Bianco is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins University where she is also affiliated faculty at the Center for Advanced Media Studies, and collaborator with the Programs for the Study of Women’s Gender and Sexuality, and Environmental Science and Studies. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2014).
Prior to her PhD studies, Professor Di Bianco worked at Italy’s national film school, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, as an iconographic researcher and curator for photo exhibitions and publications, and as production coordinator for numerous film projects including the documentary film series Ritratti italiani – Archivio della memoria (Italian Portraits Memory Archive) and Mestieri del cinema (Cinema Ars and Craft).
Professor Di Bianco has published articles in academic journals such as The Italianist Film and volumes like Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen. She is an editor for Modern Language Notes: Italian Issue and has collaborated with the online journal Gender| Sexuality| Italy.
She is currently completing her first monograph, Wandering Women: A Feminist Geography of Contemporary Italian Cinema, which investigates from feminist and ecocritical perspectives the practice of urban wandering as represented in the oeuvre of contemporary Italian women filmmakers. Her second book project–Crumbling Beauty–traces a genealogy of Italian ecocinema, an ethically charged, earth-centered, non-anthropocentric cinema, from the silent era to the present.