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Claudia Lombardo

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2021
Advised by Professor Serenella Iovino
Dey 219


MA, Environmental Humanities, Roma Tre University, Italy

MA, Modern Philology and Italian Studies, University of Palermo, Italy

BA, Italian Language and Literature, University of Palermo, Italy

About Claudia

Claudia is a Teaching Fellow and Ph.D. student in Italian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her joint academic background in Italian Philology and Environmental Humanities fuels her research interests in contemporary literature, environmental ecocriticism, energy and material landscapes, and non-human animal studies within and beyond the Italian context.

She is currently working on the literary and artistic representation of damaged and resurgent landscapes within the Mediterranean basin, investigating cultural connections between energy and places and the misguided understandings of energy at the roots of environmental degradation.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she collaborates with a Sicilian art curatorial platform "Landescape" writing short texts and manifestos for contemporary art exhibitions.


Una valorizzazione negata. Torri di Ligini: cronaca di un non finito della demolizione, NU3, 2019.

Karen Pinkus, Fuel. A Speculative Dictionary, Lebenswelt, 12, 2018 (Book Review).


Lorenzo D’Agostino, Claudia Lombardo, "La città di Calvino: geografie urbane dell’Antropocene", Sfide. Temi e riflessioni per un futuro equo e sostenibile, Nuova Trauben, 2023, pp. 264 - 286.


"Energy Hybris: Literature and Ecology of the Sicilian Landscape", Graduate Symposium Johns Hopkins - Yale, "Mutamenti. Overcoming Crisis", October 27-28, 2023, Yale University.

"The Landscapes of Sicily. Literature, Ecology, and Perception in the heart of the Mediterranean", Italy, the Mediterranean, and the South - Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Oxford, 15 June 2023.

"Italo Calvino's A Plunge into Real Estate: landscape memory loss and waste metabolism of the Ligurian Riviera", UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Conference for Romance Studies, March 2023.

"Giorgio Manganelli e l’Isola Pianeta. Conversazioni interspecie da terre “preumane", Natureculture, species and planetary thinking in the Italian literature of the Anthropocene, American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS ) Conference, Bologna, May 29 to June 1, 2022.

Awards & Honors

Isabella Payne Cooper Graduate Travel & Research Fellowship, 2023

Armida Marconi Falvo Graduate Award for excellence in Italian Studies, 2022

Typical Courses Taught

ITAL 101, Elementary Italian I

ITAL 102, Elementary Italian II

ITAL 203 Intermediate Italian

ITAL 401 Beginning Accelerated Italian

Guest Teaching

"Animal Presences. Archetypal Psychology, Conversations and, Impossible Interviews in Italian Literature and Beyond”, Graduate Seminar, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, October 17, 2023. (Invited by Professor Serenella Iovino).