Claudia Maria Sbuttoni

Claudia Maria Sbuttoni

Claudia Sbuttoni is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian. Her research interests include the fascist period, as well as the memory and memorialization of World War II in Europe. Her dissertation examines the relationship between cultural identity, marginality, and memorialization practices in the Istrian exile community in Trieste, confronting the dynamics of belonging along Italy's border with Slovenia and Croatia. Her project considers how these tensions elucidate anxieties around self-definition and brings them into a conversation about trauma, recognition, and the obfuscation of Italy's fascist past. Claudia is currently an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellow. In addition, her research has been supported by the Harriman-Council for European Studies Research Fellowship (2018) and the PepsiCo Research Travel Grant (2017).

Claudia is the co-chair of the Italian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) as well as a founding member and organizer of the Anti-Racist Language Pedagogy Working Group (ARLPWG).  Previously, Claudia served as rapporteur for Columbia University's Seminar Series in Modern Italian Studies from 2016-2019.

Claudia graduated from New York University with a BA in Sociology and Italian in 2015, where she was awarded the Italian Cultural Institute Award and named the Count Lorenzo Attolico di Adelfia Research Scholar. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the Fascist internment of Slovene and Croat civilians during World War II, in Italy and in Italian-occupied territory.