Nicole Bonino

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Academic General Faculty
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Ph.D., University of Virginia (Spanish Literature, 2020)

M.A., University of Virginia (Spanish Literature, 2016)

M.A., University of Turin (Comparative Literature, 2013)

B.A., University of Turin (Comparative Literature, 2011)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Humanities (EH)
  • Migration Studies and Global Movements
  • Modern and Contemporary Italian and Latin American Literature
  • Visual Arts


I am Italian, from Turin, but I am currently based in the United States. I have a BA and MA from the University of Turin (Italy) and an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia (USA). My disciplinary research focuses on the interconnections between migration and urban environment in the Global South, with specific attention conveyed to the analysis of Latin American metropolises and the depiction of urban socio-cultural dynamics in literature and visual art. I have been a fellow of the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, the Center for the Americas, and the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and I have served as vice-president and Latinx liaison for the Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi. I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and an Assistant Professor of Spanish Academic General Faculty at the University of Virginia. I am a visual artist and a traveler. In my free-time, I write dystopian short stories, I do gardening, and I practice sports. 


University of Virginia (USA) and University of Virginia in Valencia (Spain)

  • SPAN 3300 (Texts and Interpretation, Hispanic literature)
  • SPAN 3030 (Cultural Conversations)
  • SPAN 3010 (Spanish grammar, composition, academic writing)
  • SPAN 2020 (Advanced Spanish grammar)
  • SPAN 2010 (Intermediate Spanish grammar)
  • J-Term SPAN 2010 (Intermediate Spanish grammar)

University of Turin (Italy)

  • Teaching Assistant for students with disabilities

Pedagogical Certifications

  • ITTT 120-hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate)
  • Course Design Institute (C3Design, Center for Teaching Excellence)—Designing classes, courses, and curricula for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses 

Nicole Bonino’s Teaching Portfolio



  • 2021, Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA): Metropolitan Processes of Hybridization: Urban Immigration in Literature and Visual Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 11-14 (Panel Chair and Organizer)
  • 2020, Connection 2020: An NCORE Experience, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity: “How to Create and Inclusive City: A Pedagogical Paradigm to Promote Diversity and Inclusion into the Classroom”, June 23-26 (online)
  • 2020, Sigma Delta Pi’s 3rd Annual Graduate Research Grant Symposium: “Making Art in Migration: From the Italian Colonization of Latin America to the Argentine Tango”, April 30 (online)
  • 2020, Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI): “Fiction or Reality? Understanding Urban Modernity through Environmental Literature”, Flash Talks on Environmental Method; Charlottesville, Virginia, February 28
  • 2020, Modern Language Association (MLA): “Journeys Across the Heart of the Ocean: Edmondo De Amicis and the Landscapes of Transatlantic Italian Migrants”; Seattle, Washington, January 9-12
  • 2019, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA): “Global Diasporas and Literature: The Case of the Italian Migration to Argentina through ¿Inocentes o culpables? by Antonio Argerich”; El Paso, Texas, October 10-12
  • 2018, Modern Language Association (MLA): “Language Change: The Creation of the Jargon Lunfardo as a Linguistic Reaction to the 20th Century Global Migration”; New York, January 4-7
  • 2017, Graduate Student Lecture Series (GSLS): “Familias burguesas, mujeres y dinero en El porvenir de las familias de Juan de Alba”; Charlottesville, Virginia, October 27
  • 2016, Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference (KFLC): “Cruzando fronteras: el viaje renacentista de Antonio Pigafetta entre curiosidad y atrevimiento”; Lexington, Kentucky, April 19-21
  • 2015, American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL): “Guided Inductive Approaches on the Learning of a Second Language Grammar”; San Diego, California, November 20-22

Grants & Awards

  • 2020, Tom Tom Foundation Cities Rising Fellowship (Charlottesville)
  • 2019-2020, Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) Grant (Buenos Aires and Montevideo)
  • 2019-2020, Centro de las Américas Grant / Center for the Americas (Buenos Aires and Montevideo)
  • 2019-2020, Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, National Graduate Research Grant, (Buenos Aires and Montevideo)
  • 2018-2019, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Centro Studi Migrazioni CSMedi (Genoa)
  • 2018-2019, Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), Centro Studi Migrazioni CSMedi (Genoa)
  • 2018-2019, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Center for Latin American Migration Studies CEMLA (Buenos Aires)
  • 2018, Charles Gordon Reid Summer Research Fellowship, Center for Latin American Migration Studies CEMLA (Buenos Aires)
  • 2017-2018, Dissertation Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2017-2018 (Charlottesville)
  • 2017, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Summer Research Grant, Centro Studi Emigrazione Roma CSER (Rome)        
  • 2016-2017, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Centro Studi Emigrazione Roma CSER (Rome)
  • 2016, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory at the University of Bologna (Bologna)

Online Presence

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