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Fiona M. Stewart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

Division: International Studies and Languages Division
Office: Pendleton Learning Center (PLC) 102
Phone: 3105067319

  • Ph.D. Italian, University of Glasgow, 2007
  • M.A. (Hons.) Italian & Latin, University of Glasgow, 2000

Fiona M. Stewart is Assistant Professor of Italian and Coordinator of Italian at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Her M.A. and her Ph.D. are from the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2013, she taught at the University of Glasgow, the University of Kentucky and the Pennsylvania State University. In her research Professor Stewart combines literary, historical and cinematic sources to analyze how and why Italians of the twentieth and twenty-first century recount and interpret individual and national experiences. This interdisciplinary approach allows her research to contribute new knowledge both to well-studied and lesser-known individual and collective Italian experiences.


  • First Year Seminar: Excursions in Italian Culture
  • Elementary Italian I
  • Elementary Italian II
  • Second Year Italian
  • Advanced Italian grammar, conversation and composition
  • Italian in Communication: The Language of Media
  • Italian Civilization
  • Contemporary Italian Literature
  • Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present
  • Primo Levi: Witness and/or Writer?
  • Literary Responses to 20th Century Realities
  • Reading Calvino through a Christian Lens

Academic Interests:

  • Italian Cinema
  • Representations of the Italian Resistance to Fascism
  • Twentieth Century Literature and Culture

Selected Works:

  • 'Libera nos a malo: Violence and hope, image and word in Rossellini's Roma città apertá, California Journal of Italian Studies, Vol. 6., 2016
  • '"We will build a better world together": Female Partisans' Memories of their Resistance to Fascism (1943-1945)', Italian Women at War: Sisters in Arms From the Unification to the Twentieth Century, ed. by Susan Amatangelo (Hackensack, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), 2016
  • Voci dal lager: Diari e lettere di deportati politici 1943-1945, by Mario Avagliano and Marco Palmieri (Turin: Einaudi, 2012), Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Volume 19, Issue 4, Fall 2014., 2014
  • Oral History, Oral Culture, and Italian Americans, ed. by Luisa Del Giudice, (NYC: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Modern Italy, Vol. 17, Issue 2, 2012, 279-280., 2012
  • The Italian Resistance: Fascists, Guerrillas and the Allies, by Tom Behan, (London & New York: Pluto Press, 2009), Modern Italy, Vol. 16, Issue 1, 2011, 96-98., 2011
  • Arduous Tasks. Primo Levi, Translation, and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony, by Lina N. Insana (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), Forum Italicum, Vol. 44 No. 2, Fall 2010, 583-585., 2010
  • 'The Interaction of Methodology with an "impegno del dopo" in Nuto Revelli's Collections of Oral Testimonies', Modern Italy, Volume 13, Issue 1, February 2008, 51 - 68., 2008