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Head of Italian Section, Professor of Italian & Jewish Studies

Research and Teaching

Professor Harrowitz is the director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, the coordinator of the major and minor program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and the head of the Italian section in the department of Romance Studies.

Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature and Holocaust film and literature. Her publications include Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor (2016), Antisemitism, Misogyny and the Logic of Cultural Difference: Matilde Serao and Cesare Lombroso (1995), the edited collection  Tainted Greatness: Antisemitism and Cultural Heroes (1995), as well as the co-edited volume (with Barbara Hyams) Jews and Gender: Responses to Otto Weininger (1996). Her work also includes articles on Primo Levi, Giorgio Bassani, Carlo Levi, Edgar Allan Poe, and Margherita Sarfatti.

Her courses include the topics of modern Italian literature and film, fascism and the Holocaust in Italy, and Holocaust literature and film.