Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Morgan Pitelka

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Curriculum Vitae


B.A. University of Naples “L’Orientale” 2006
M.A. University of Rome “Sapienza” 2009
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2013

Research Interests

My dissertation is entitled “Meanings and Functions of Rituals in the Politics of the Tokugawa Shogunate. A Study of the 1843 Shogunal Pilgrimage to Nikkō (Nikkō shasan).” My research interests include early-modern Japanese history, ritual studies, and material culture.

Some Notable Publications

  • “Teppō: the wondrous technology that changed Japan?” in Teresa Ciapparoni La Rocca (ed.), Il grande viaggio. La missione giapponese del 1615 al Papa, Forthcoming.
  • “Owari Tokugawake no shihō/Treasure of the Owari Tokugawa Family” (exhibition review), Traces (UNC-CH Journal of History), Spring 2013.
  • Benisu bijutsugakkō gakusekibo, Kawamura Kiyoo no Itaria ryūgaku Jidai (1876-1888), in Ishin no yoga Kawamura Kiyoo, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, 2012.

Courses Offered

  • HIST213: Airpower (Fall 2018, grader)
  • HIST140: The World Since 1945 (Fall 2015, teaching assistant)