Co-Convener, “Global Jewish Modernism” a Humanities Unbounded Mellon Lab, 2021-2023

Faculty Advancement Seed Grant for Racial Justice and Equity in Romance Studies, 2020-2021.

Research Grant for “Kafka’s Italian Progeny” from Arts & Sciences Council Committee on Faculty Research, Duke University, 2016-2017.

“Whose Kafka? Reception, Multiplicity, and Interpretation” (co-directed) chosen as a PAL (Center for Philosophy, Art, and Literature)/FHI (Franklin Humanities Institute) Faculty Seminar, supported by Mellon Foundation Grant, Duke University, 2014-2015.

Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, Spring 2014.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California at Berkeley, Chosen from 830 applicants, 2010—12.

Townsend Center Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 2010—11.

Harry C. Rutledge Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the Southern Comparative Literature Associations’s 2007 Conference, 2008.

Fulbright Fellow Grant, Austria, (Researched Austrian depictions of Italians and Italy, attended classes at the University of Vienna), 2001—02.


  • Grant from the David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund for Whistle Stop Tours, Spring 2020.
  • Learning Innovation Fellowship, Summer-Fall 2019.
  • Teaching for Equity Fellowship, Duke University, 2018-2019.
  • Dean’s Commendation on Teaching Excellence (top 5% of evaluations), Duke University, Fall 2013, Spring 2018.
  • Grant from Lauder Family Foundation and Jewish Studies for an embedded travel course, 2017.
  • Grant from the David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund for a Cinematic Opera Experience (Patrick Morganelli’s Hercules vs. Vampires) for two classes, Fall 2016.
  • Emerging Humanities Networks Grant for “Staging Cultural Networks in the Language Classroom,” Co-convener, Duke University, 2013—14.
  • Summer Teaching Scholar: Course Design Competition, Columbia University, 2008.
  • Finalist, Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, Columbia University, 2007.
  • Funded Participant, “Corso Base, Elementare, and Specialistico,” Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy, Summer 2006.
  • Funded Participant, “Teaching Great Books: Philosophy and Practice,” Columbia University, Summer 2005.
  • Teaching with Technology Fellowship, Columbia University, 2005—06.

Columbia University


  • Lane Cooper Fellowship for dissertation completion, 2008—09.
  • Austin Oldrini Traveling Fellowship for research in Italy, 2007—08.

Pre-Dissertation Graduate Work:

  • Frederick Bertuch Fellowship, 2004—05.
  • Summer Study Grant for French at Reid Hall, Paris, 2004.
  • Summer Study Grant for Latin and French, 2003.
  • Margaret Pickel Fellowship, 2003—04. 
  • Faculty Fellowship, 2002—03.

Princeton University

  • Gruppo Esponenti Senior Thesis Award in Italian for “Becoming Authors in Twentieth Century Turin: The Autobiographical Writing of Primo Levi and Natalia Ginzburg,” Princeton University, 2001.
  • Gamma Kappa Alpha for High Academic Merit and Distinction in the Study of Italian, 2001.
  • Gordon Schwartz Grant for thesis research in Turin, Italy, 2000.
  • Grant for study at the Goethe-Institut in Munich, Germany, Summer 1999.