|since 10/2016||Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate School of North American Studies,
Freie Universität Berlin
|2011-2014||Master's Degree in European and Panamerican Languages and Literatures.
Thesis Title: “God's Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States”.
110 cum laude. University of Bergamo.
|02/2013-05/2013||Erasmus Placement. Internship at the Erich Kästner Museum,
|2008-2011||Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Thesis Title:
“Hawthorne and the American Revolution: The Legends of the Province House”.
106/110. University of Bergamo.
|09/2010-03/2011||Erasmus. Winter Semester at the Philology Faculty of the
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.
|2002-2007||High School Diploma at Liceo Scientifico Lussana, Bergamo. 82/100.|
|11/2015-09/2016||Teaching and Research Assistant for the courses of North American History and Anglo-American Literature (Cultore della materia per le cattedre di Storia dell'America del Nord e Letteratura Angloamericana), University of Bergamo.|
|10/2015-today||Translator (EN, DE > IT) at Omnia Language Solutions S.r.l., Bergamo.|
|05/2015-07/2015||Substitute German teacher at the State institute for commerce and tourism “Istituto Guido Galli”, Bergamo.|
|02/2015-05/2015||Personal tutor at “Wall Street English Institute”, Bergamo.|
Though a characteristic of fundamentalist Christians is the will to separate from the rest of the world in order not to be contaminated by its sinfulness, extremism in living faith doesn't always limit itself at Churches and some communities. It can also be translated into political action, bringing to national attention the fights of the fundamentalists to save the values they see so endangered. From the Eighties on, the exploitation of those values and of the fundamentalist imagination has been one of the main instruments the ideologists of the Republican Party have at their disposal, to convince masses of citizens to vote for their party.
“Conservatives gradually come to be concerned about the moral, political, and spiritual state of America. They get off their verandas and campaign. When the campaign fails, they go back to the verandas to concentrate on preserving their own purity while America continues to slide down the tubes”. With these words Steve Bruce describes the fundamentalist political commitment: a sort of continuous cycle, made of dedication, delusion, retreat, and new dedication.
In the light of Bruce's scheme, the events of the 2016 primaries' electoral campaign can be read as a rebirth of the Christian Right.
During 2015, the commitment of the GOP candidates to obtain votes, inflamed once again the battle on the fundamentalist themes. It has been enough to follow the news published on fundamentalist and conservative websites to see that, after every Supreme Court sentence and scandal associated to family planning organizations, these fundamentalist and conservative citizens saw America sliding toward hell and damnation.
My project analyses the history of the alternating events of fundamentalism and its presence into politics, starting from the study of political debates and of the main characters, which had a role in the political and religious life of the Country during the last thirty years. This itinerary needs to focus on the elements that, in the decades following the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, characterised the followers of the movement, and remained unchanged. Another important issue to be considered are those features that changed during time, from an ethnical, socio-economical, and educational point of view. Has the number of fundamentalists, after each political revival, increased or diminished? My objective is to examine whether fundamentalism is an “electoral campaign” phenomenon, and in this case, it rises and retreats with regularity, or if its manifestations are due to other factors.
I seek to establish the importance of these topics on the electorate, and if the use of the internet, and the spread of fundamentalist themes in the American television culture, actually influence the political choices of the citizens. Does it make sense to talk about another rebirth of fundamentalism and the Christian Right and in the politics of the Country, or will they remain limited to the reality shows and the websites analysing the signs of the end of the world?
 Bruce, Steve, Pray TV. Televangelism in America , Routledge, London, 1990, p. 167.
"Nothing Beats the Bible: Christian Fundamentalism and the Primaries of 2016", Iperstoria – Testi Letterature Linguaggi Issue 6 (Fall 2015): 1-13. Download