Associate Professor, Writing and Critical Thinking
Director of Graduate Studes
Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine
B.A. English Literature, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
MIT 423 / MIT 371
Photo: Kaleigh Atkinson / FOUR FOURTEEN PAPERWORKS (2012)
Shelleen Greene received her doctorate from the Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include Italian film, race and representation, Black European studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and globalization and visual culture. Her book, Equivocal Subjects: Between Italy and Africa - Constructions of Racial and National Identity in the Italian Cinema (Continuum Press, 2012) examines the representation of mixed-race subjects of Italian and African descent in the Italian cinema, arguing that the changing cultural representations of mixed-race identity reveal shifts in the country's conceptual paradigms of race and nation. Her work has also been published in From Terrone to Extracomunitario: New Manifestations of Racism in Contemporary Italian Cinema: Shifting Demographics and Changing Images in a Multi-Cultural Globalized Society (Troubador Press, 2010) and Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Shelleen Greene has recently presented at the University of Bologna, Italy; Queen Mary, University of London; the Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY; the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference; and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University.
Equivocal Subjects: Between Italy and Africa – Constructions of Racial and National Identity in the Italian Cinema. London and New York: Continuum Press, 2012.
"Buffalo Soldiers on Film: Il soldato afroamericano nel cinema neorealista e postbellico italiano" (“Buffalo Soldiers on Film: The African American Soldier in Italian Neorealist and Postwar Cinema.”). L’Africa in Italia: per una controstoria postcoloniale del cinema italiano (Africa in Italy: Towards a Postcolonial Counterhistory of the Italian Cinema). Edited by Leonardo De Franceschi. Rome: Aracne, 2013. 93-108.
"La diaspora africana in Italia: immigrazione e identità nazionale in Waalo Fendo di Mohammed Soudani ed in Western Union: Small Boats di Isaac Julien." (“The African Diaspora in Italy: Immigration and National Belonging in Mohammed Soudani’s Where the Earth Freezes and Isaac Julien’s Western Union: small boats”) in Un Nuovo Cinema Politico Italiano? Volume 1 (A New Italian Political Cinema? Volume 1). Edited by William Hope, Luciana d’Arcangeli, and Silvana Serra. Leicester, UK: Troubador, 2013. 187-198.
Affirmative Reaction: New Formations of White Masculinity. Hamilton Carroll. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010, 221 pp. The Journal of Popular Culture. 45. 4 (August 2012): 917-920.
"Chasing Horizons: New Visions of Landscape Art: Forward." Chasing Horizons: New Visions of Landscape Art. Milwaukee, WI: The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2013. 5-9.
"Isaac Julien’s Expeditions." Isaac Julien: Expeditions. Christina Dittrich ed. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2012. 30-59.
"Il soldato americano." (“The American Soldier in Italian Neorealist and Postwar Film.”) Italia A/R: Migrazioni nel/del cinema italiano (Italy A/R: Migrations to/from the Italian Cinema). Daniela Aronica and Vito Zagarrio, eds. Special Issue, Quaderni del CSCI, No. 8 (Annual Journal of Italian Cinema, The Center for the Study of Italian Cinema, No. 8) (2012): 177-179.
“Il Mulatto.” Italia A/R: Migrazioni nel/del cinema italiano (Italy A/R: Migrations to/from the Italian Cinema). Daniela Aronica and Vito Zagarrio, eds. Special Issue, Quaderni del CSCI, No. 8 (Annual Journal of Italian Cinema, The Center for the Study of Italian Cinema, No. 8) (2012): 208-209.
Selected Awards and Research Grants:
2013 - Digital Futures Grant: Peck School of the Arts Slide Collection Digitization Project
2012-2013 - Center for 21st Century Studies/Master’s of Liberal Studies Fellow
2012 - Faculty and Staff Development Award, Peck School of the Arts
2011 - Faculty Diversity Research Award, UW Institute on Race and Ethnicity
2010-2011 - Essential Learning Outcomes Grant, Center for Instructional and Professional Development/Cultures and Communities Program