Laura Lazzari

Laura Lazarri
Professorial Teaching Professor in Italian

Dr. Laura Lazzari is a Research Scholar in the fields of Italian Studies, Motherhood Studies, and the Medical Humanities. She is a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University and a Scientific Collaborator at the Sasso Corbaro Foundation for the Medical Humanities, Switzerland.

She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Lausanne, an M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). She has taught at the Universities of Lausanne, Fribourg, and Franklin in Switzerland, and at George Washington University and the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, USA. She was the 2015-2016 recipient of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) International Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Italian at Georgetown University.

Dr. Lazzari is an affiliate member of the “Motherhood Project” at Maynooth University, Ireland, and her current research revolves around representations of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum in contemporary Western cultures and societies. In the last years, she has worked extensively on motherhood and has taught courses, written articles, and organized interdisciplinary conferences related to this topic.

Her publications include a monograph on Lucrezia Marinella (Insula, 2010) and the edited volume (with Nathalie Ségeral) Trauma and Motherhood in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). She is currently coediting the Palgrave Handbook of Reproductive Justice and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2022).

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