Annachiara Mariani graduated in 2010 with a dissertation on Italian Grotesque Theater and Pirandello. In 2008, she was hired as a Lecturer of Italian and Spanish at the the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2018, she was hired as Assistant Professor of Italian at the same university. Her research interests are on Italian Cinema, National and Trans National Media Studies and Italian Theater. She has authored a book on Italian Grotesque Theater and Pirandello (2013) and published numerous articles, essays and book reviews on Italian Theater, Contemporary Italian Cinema and the interrelationship between Cinema and Literature. Her forthcoming publications include a special edition of the journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies on Paolo
Sorrentino’s films and TV series. She is currently working on a book-length project on representation of trauma and power in contemporary Italian and American TV series.