Veruska Cantelli
Veruska Cantelli
Affiliated with Division - Core

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.


- Mediterranean, Warscapes and UpSet Press, forthcoming in 2018 (Co-editor)

- In Danger, San Francisco: City Lights Books (Ed. Jack Hirschman), 2011 (Translator)

-"The Maternal Lineage: Orality and Language in Natalia Ginzburg's Family Sayings" Journal of International Women's Studies, Volume 18, Issue 2, 2017

-"Student-Centered Teaching: Writing Through Passion"
 Komaba Journal of English Education, Volume 7, 2016 (Co-author)

-"The Bundle on My Back" in Africultures, January 2015

-"The New Paladins of the Humanities: A Warning" Warscapes, July 2015 (Co-author)

- "Narrating Absences, Narrating History" on the photographs of desaparecidos by Argentinian artist Gustavo Germano, Warscapes, August 2013 (Editor and Translator)

Food on hierarchy of taste and consumption of "otherness," Warscapes, June 2013 (Curator)

Visas on migration, surveillance and militarization of space, Warscapes, March 2013 (Curator)

-"Eye on Honduras," a conversation with historian Dana Frank, Warscapes, January 2013

- Uncertain Borders, Warscapes, October 2012 (Curator)

-"Gloria Anzaldúa's Poetics of Borders," Warscapes, October 2012