Nicole Bonino

PhD Student
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Ph.D., University of Virginia (expected 2020)
  • Major Area: Latin American Literature
  • Minor Area: Global and Gender Studies
M.A., University of Virginia (2016)
  • Spanish
M.A., University of Turin (2013)
  • Major Area: English and Spanish
  • Minor Area: Italian
B.A., Loyola University Maryland (2011)
  • Major Area: Comparative Literatures and Languages
  • Minor Area: Latin and Greek

Research Interests

  • Gender Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Comparative Literatures and Languages
  • 19 th Century Peninsular Literature
  • 19 th and 20 th Century Latin America
  • Argentinian and Italian Culture
  • Immigration


My field of specialization involves both Latin America and Peninsular culture and literature, during the 19th and 20th century. After studying the late twentieth-century peninsular literature, focusing the attention on the counter-cultural movements born in Spain and in Italy after the end of the Francoism and the Fascism, my research moved towards Enlightenment and Romanticism. My academic investigation is currently titled Las hijas de la migración: the representation of women immigrants from Italy to Argentina in both 19th and 20th century historical archives and literature representation. The goal of this academic project is to explore how the historical, social and economic background of the late 19th century both in Italy and in Argentina drove the immigration process. The perspective of this work is filtered by the testimony of women, and it is intended to analyze their experience as immigrants both historically, with the support of original archives and socio-economic data, and literally, trough works like Santo oficio de la memoria (1991) by Mempo Giardinelli, and El mar que nos trajo (2001) by Griselda Gámbaro. The investigation of connecting elements between the Italian and the Argentinian cultures, like the analysis of the dialect Lunfardo, originated in the Rio de la Plata region and composed by both Castilian and Italian verbal expressions, and the study of the tango dance, whose lyrics are often written in this jargon, will complete my work.


University of Virginia

  • Study Abroad in Valencia, Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Summer 2017)
  • Advanced Grammar and Academic Composition (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Elementary Spanish (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • Students Portfolio on WordPress, sponsored by SHANTI (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015)
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University of Turin

  • Tutor for Students with Disabilities (Spring 2013)


“Cruzando fronteras: el viaje renacentista de Antonio Pigafetta entre curiosidad y atrevimiento”; the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference KFLC, Lexington, Kentucky (Spring 2017)

Guided Inductive Approaches on the Learning of a Second Language Grammar”; American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages ACTFL, San Diego California, USA, November 20-22, (Fall 2015)

“Effective error correction in written assessments in the Foreign Language classroom: Spanish 2010”; Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom: Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, November 21st. (Fall 2014)

Grants & Awards

Central for Global Inquiry and Innovation (CGII) (Spring 2016)

Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research (MIUR)

Fellowship as Italian Teaching Assistant (Spring 2013)

University of Turin Assistantship for Disable Students (Spring 2013)

Region of Piedmont Auschwitz-Birkenau Trip Memory Grant (Spring 2008)

European Union Historical Essays Competition (Spring 2007)