Dana Renga

Dana Renga

Dana Renga

Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian


Areas of Expertise

  • Italian Cinema
  • Feminist Theory and Gender Studies
  • Mafia Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Trauma Theory


  • PhD UCLA 2001
  • BA UCLA 1993

Dana Renga works primarily on later twentieth century and twenty-first century cinema and culture that includes representations of gender, the Mafia, the holocaust, fascism, terrorism, and medical narratives. She has published articles and book chapters on Italian cinema, French and Italian cinema, Italian popular culture, and modern and contemporary Italian poetry and literature. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium (University of Toronto Press, 2013), the editor of Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2011), and co-edits The Italianist Film Issue. She is working on a book called Italian Women's Cinema and the Wounded Filmic Body (1915-2015) and the co-authored A Long Holiday: Internal Exile in Fascist Italy (With Elizabeth Leake and Piero Garofalo, under contract, The University of Manchester Press). Professor Renga teaches courses on Italian film at both the undergraduate and graduate level and regularly teaches two GE courses in English on Italian Cinema (IT2053) and Mafia Movies (IT2055).