Veruska Cantelli received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Before joining the Core Division at Champlain College, she was an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Global Communication Strategies at the University of Tokyo. She also taught Comparative Literature at Queens College, CUNY with a focus on literature of war and women's autobiographies, particularly on non-western narratives of the self.
Her research on women's autobiographies of the "non-self" explores the principle of selflessness in relation to questions of truth, gender, and community, as well as the debates about authenticity and representation.
She collaborates with Warscapes, a literary magazine that showcases art, literature, and reportage of war, and provides new perspectives for understanding conflict. She is currently writing about Japanese writer Tomioka Taeko and the relation between performativity and literature. Her areas of concentration are: Women Studies, Life Writing and Storytelling, Postcolonial Literature, Literary Theory, Conflict Studies, Poetry, and Digital Humanities.
She studied modern and contemporary dance at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio and at the Trisha Brown Studio in New York and has performed with the Human Kinetics Movement Arts. She is serious about Lazio, the soccer team that brought football to the city of Rome in 1900.
Books and Book Chapters
2022 - Insurgent Feminisms: a Warscapes Anthology. Eds. Veruska Cantelli and Bhakti Shringarpure, UpSet Press
2021 - Lettere Rivoluzionarie.Diane di Prima, Le Lettere, Translator and Editor
2020 - "Resistant Recipes: Food, Gender and Translation in Migrant and Refugee, Narratives" inThe Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism.Eds. Rebecca Ruth Gould and Kayvan Tahmasebian, Routledge, (co-writer)
2018 - Mediterranean, Warscapes and UpSet Press, (Co-editor)
2011 - In Danger, San Francisco: City Lights Books. Ed. Jack Hirschman Translator of literary essays by Pier Paolo Pasolini
2020 - "The Dance of Bones: Tomioka Taeko's Stage of Reprobates"Otherness: Essays and Studies, Centre for Studies in Otherness, Aarhus University
2017 - "The Maternal Lineage: Orality and Language in Natalia Ginzburg's Family Sayings" Journal of International Women's Studies, Volume 18, Issue 1
2016 - "Student-Centered Teaching: Writing Through Passion" Komaba Journal of English Education, Volume 7, University of Tokyo, co-author
2015 - "The New Paladins of the Humanities: A Warning" Warscapes, June 28th
2015 - "The Bundle on my Back" in Africultures: an in-depth conversation with writer Cristina Ali Farah. January 2015
2013 - Editor and Translator of "Narrating Absences, Narrating History" on the photographs of desaparecidos by Argentinian artist Gustavo Germano, Warscapes, August 2013
2013 - Curator of the Retrospective Food on hierarchy of taste and consumption of "otherness," Warscapes, June 2013
2013 - Curator of the Retrospective Visas on migration, surveillance and militarization of space, Warscapes, March 2013
2013 - "Eye on Honduras," a conversation with historian Dana Frank on the human rights crisis after the coup, Warscapes, January 2013
2012 - Curator of the Retrospective Uncertain Borders on the work of Gloria Anzaldùa, Warscapes, October 2012.
2012 - "Gloria Anzaldúa's Poetics of Borders," Warscapes, October 2012 issue