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Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2004)
B.A., Cornell University (2002)

Recent Courses

Advanced Italian Conversation
First Year Seminar Italian Comic Cinema
Italian Level IV
Italy Today
Level I Italian
Level II Italian
Level III Italian

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Italian language, modern Italian literature, opera, drama and music, Italian history and culture.

Research Interests

Cesare Lombroso
Science and literature in post-unification Italy
Italian Verismo
Italian Opera, 1850-1920
The Italian Risorgimento

Refereed Articles

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2012), The enduring vision of biodeterministic Sardinian inferiority in the works of Grazia Deledda. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 17.3, 271-287.

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2009, Fall), ‘Eppure è un negro’: Lombroso and Racist Ideology in Otello. La Fusta, 17.

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2009, Fall), Verismo Through the Genres, or "Cavallerie Rusticane" - The Delicate Question of Innovation in the Operatic Adaptations of Giovanni Verga's Story and Drama by Pietro Mascagni (1890) and Domenico Monleone (1907). Carte Italiane, 5, 109-132.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2012). Fantasies in Verismo. In Modern Languages Association Annual Convention (pp. 12). Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, WA.

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2011). Arresting Physiognomy: Alfredo Oriani and the Culture of Positivism. In South Atlantic Modern Languages Association Annual Convention (pp. 13). Loews Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA.

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2011). The British Reaction to the Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857: Narrating the Iniquities of the Kingdom of the “Re Bomba”. In "Italy from Without" Conference (pp. 11). Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Hiller, Jonathan R. (2011). Santissima Vergine! Chi avrebbe creduto che le cose potessero arrivare a questo segno? In Modern Languages Association Annual Convention (pp. 11). Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Modern Italy (2012): Alle origini dello stato contemporaneo by Andrea Ragusa;
Annali d'Italianistica (2012): The King of Love and Other Fairy Tales by Giuseppe Pitrè, ed. Marina Cocuzza and Lorna Watson