Filomena Fantarella completed her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at Brown University where she taught language and cultural courses. She also coordinated the language program in Spring 2020 and Fall 2021. Her research interests include second language acquisition, the relationship between politics and literature, Fascism and anti-Fascism, the intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth century, and food studies. Her book, Un figlio per nemico. Gli affetti di Gaetano Salvemini alla prova dei fascismi, was published by Donzelli Press in July 2018. The book has received a Special Mention for the Giacomo Matteotti Prize 2019, from the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic and it was reviewed and praised widely in the Italian press. The English Edition of the book, The Family of Gaetano Salvemini Under Fascism. The Inimical Son was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2023 (foreword by David Kertzer, Pulitzer 2015). Her new research project is on the development of Italian Studies in the United States through the work of Giuseppe Prezzolini, for which she has been awarded a research grant from the Ragusa Foundation for Humanities in NYC.