Stephanie Malia Hom

Associate Professor, Italian

780 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019-2038
Kaufman Hall 224
(405) 325-5088
smh [at]
        PhD, Italian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2007
        MA, Italian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2002
        BA, International Relations, Brown University, 1997
        Modern Italian Literature & Culture
        Critical Theory & Cultural Studies
        Colonial & Postcolonial Studies


Dr. Stephanie Malia Hom is Presidential Professor of Italian, specializing in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century Italian literature and culture. Trained in literary criticism and cultural anthropology, her research utilizes interdisciplinary methodologies to explore the mobilized fictions, symbols, spaces, and differences that give rise to Italy as an imagined community on a global scale. She received her MA and PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a Diploma di lingua e cultura italiana from the Università per Stranieri in Perugia, and a BA with honors in International Relations from Brown University.


Dr. Hom has finished one book, The Beautiful Country: Tourism & the Impossible State of Destination Italy (University of Toronto Press, in press), and she is co-editing a volume with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Italian Mobilities (Routledge, under contract). She is currently writing her second book manuscript, The Empire Between: Mobility, Colonialism, and Space in Italy & Libya, which was awarded the 2014-2015 ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship as well as an External Faculty Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center, where she will be in residence for the academic year.


Her research has been supported by: The American Academy in Rome; The American Geographical Society Library; The American School of Classical Studies at Athens; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Harvard University; The Research Institute for the Study of Man; University of California, Berkeley; University of Oklahoma; & The Wolfsonian-FIU.

On Sabbatical 2014-2015.


Books & Edited Volumes

The Beautiful Country: Tourism & the Impossible State of Destination Italy (University of Toronto Press, in press)

The Empire Between: Mobility, Colonialism, and Space in Italy & Libya (in progress)

Italian Mobilities, co-edited with Ruth Ben-Ghiat (Routledge, under contract)


Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

"La terra in Sicilia: A Dundesian Reading of the Festival of St. Agatha," Special Issue: Dundes Matters, Western Folklore (in press)


"Simulated Imperialism," Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 25.1 (2013): 25-44.


"On the Origins of Making Italy: Massimo D'Azeglio and 'Fatta l'Italia, bisogna fare gli Italiani," Italian Culture 31.1 (2013): 1-16.


"Empires of Tourism: Travel & Rhetoric in Italian Colonial Libya and Albania," Journal of Tourism History 4.3 (2012): 281-300.


Italy Without Borders: Simulacra, Tourism, Suburbia, and the New Grand Tour," Special Issue on Cultural Studies, Italian Studies 65.3 (2010): 376-397.


"Consuming the View: Rome, Tourism, and the Topos of the Eternal City," Special Issue on Capital City, Rome: 1870-2010, Annali d'Italianistica 28 (2010): 91-116.