Stefano Morello

Ph.D. Candidate in English, Digital Fellow at City College

Stefano Morello is a doctoral candidate in English. His academic interests include American Studies, pop culture, poetics, digital humanities, and archival theory. Oh, and punk-rock.

He wishes he spent more time writing poetry and hanging out at the Poetry Project.

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 M.A. in American Literature,  University of Naples “L’Orientale” 
 M.A. in American Studies, University of Torino



  • “Kinship at the Margins: Punk-Rock Modes of (Dis-)Association.” Family in Crisis? Crossing Borders, Crossing Narratives. Andrea Carosso and Eva-Sabine Zehelein, eds., (Transcript, 2020).
  • Morello, Stefano. “On Jamming: ‘Study’ and the Unstudied.” Jam It! (Journal of American Studies in Italy, n.1 (2019): 4-9.
  • “Like Mother Like Daughter, Like Father Like Son. The Spell of Age in The O.C.” In Comparative Studies in Modernism N. 12 (2018): 121-136.


  • The Birth of a Nation. In Il Mestiere di Storico IX (1, 2017): 15.
  • Scott McCloud, The Sculptor. In L’Indice dei Libri del Mese 12 (2015): 27.
  • Nick Hornby, Funny Girl. In L’Indice dei Libri del Mese 7/8 (2015): 46.
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Academic Interests

Stefano Morello is a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His academic interests include American Studies, pop culture, poetics, and digital humanities. His dissertation, “Let’s Make a Scene! East Bay Punk and Subcultural Worlding,” explores the heterotopic space of the East-Bay punk scene, its modes of resistance and (dis-)association, and the clashes between its politics and aesthetics. He serves as co-chair of the Graduate Forum of the Italian Association for American Studies (AISNA) and is a founding editor of its journal, JAm It! (Journal of American Studies in Italy). As a digital humanist, Stefano focuses on archival practices, with a knack for archival pedagogy and public facing initiatives. He created the East Bay Punk Digital Archive, an open access archive of East Bay zines and co-curated “The Lung Block: A New York City Slum and Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community,” an exhibition based on his yet unpublished M.A. dissertation.