Jonathan Mullins

Jonathan Mullins

Jonathan Mullins

Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian

Areas of Expertise

  • Media Studies
  • Italian Cinema
  • Visual Culture
  • Sexuality Studies


  • Ph.D., New York University
  • A.B., Dartmouth College

Jonathan Mullins takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of twentieth and twenty-first century Italian culture, looking at it from the vantage points of performance studies, visual culture, media studies and theories of affect, queerness and everyday life. The main concerns of his research are the history of the Italian left, the use and representation of the body and the way media facilitate the creation of mass, sub, and countercultures. He is currently preparing a book manuscript, “Ephemeral Media, Everyday Dissent: the Radical Left in 1970s Italy”, which tracks how radical leftists turned to ephemeral cultural forms—street performance, alternative radio broadcasts, photography, graffiti, and print marginalia—to invigorate their political practice. A second book, “The Poetics of Exhaustion: Italian Realisms in the Age of Berlusconi,” is also underway. His publications have appeared in The Italianist, Italian Studies, the Journal of Romance Studies and World Picture. Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, he taught at the University of Southern California and Dartmouth College. He has also been a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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