Nicoletta Pireddu is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, and director of the Hager Scholars Program Colloquium at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on European literary and cultural relations; national and transnational identities; borders and migration; critical theories; Mediterranean studies; history of ideas; translation studies. A recipient of the “Mario Soldati” award for criticism, she has published articles in Comparative Literature, Romanic Review, English Studies, Research in African Literatures, Gothic Studies, The Translator, and other leading journals. Among her books are The Works of Claudio Magris. Temporary Homes, Mobile Identities, European Borders (2015) and Antropologi alla corte della bellezza. Decadenza ed economia simbolica nell’Europa fin de siècle (2002), which received the 2003 American Association for Italian Studies Book Award. She is completing a book on the European consciousness in literature, for which she was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Howard Foundation.