Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Gaoheng Zhang
    Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities, 2012-14
    Phone: (213) 740-3701
    Office: THH 155K (Fall 2013)

  • Education

    B.A. Italian Language and Literature/International Business, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2003

    Ph.D. Italian Studies, New York University, 2011

    Postdoctoral Training

    Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities,
    University of Southern California, 2012-2014

  • Employment

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian,
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 2011-2011

    Instructor of Italian, New York University, 2004-2011

  • Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Gaoheng Zhang was trained as an Italianist at Beijing Foreign Studies University (B.A.) and New York University (Ph.D.). He has interdisciplinary and comparative research and teaching interests in Italy’s global networks through travel and migration in 19th-21st centuries, with a specialization in Italy-China relations. These interests led to his doctoral dissertation entitled "Travel and Italian Masculinities in Gianni Amelio's Cinema," and to his current book project—"Contemporary Chinese Immigration to Italy: Encounters and Representations, 1989-2012"—which he is completing at University of Southern California as a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities.

    Research Keywords

    Modern and contemporary Italian literature; Italian film and media studies; cultural theory; gender and masculinity studies; rhetoric and communication studies; Italian (post-)colonial culture; Italian migration literature and cinema.

  • Conference Presentations

    "Contemporary Chinese Immigration to Italy: Encounters and Representations", "Studies in Modern Italy" Seminar at Columbia University, Lecture/Seminar, Columbia University, Invited, 2013-2014  

    “Made in Italy" by Chinese Immigrants: Media and Literary Representations of the Garment Industry in Prato",
    California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, 2012-2013  

    "Cinematic Representations of Chinese Immigrants in Prato",
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, 2012-2013  

    "The Protest in Milan’s Chinatown in the Media, Cinema, and Literature (2007-12)",
    USC Public Lecture, Lecture/Seminar, Invited, 2012-2013  

    "Recent Italian Documentaries on Chinese Immigrants in Italy (2008-09)",
    American Association of Italian Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, 2011-2012  

    "Teaching Italian Language and Culture from Italian and Global Perspectives",
    Department of Foreign Languages, Kennesaw State University, Lecture/Seminar, Invited, 2011-2012  

    "Travel and Italian Masculinities in Gianni Amelio’s Lamerica and La stella che non c’è",
    Department of Italian Language and Literature, Smith College, Lecture/Seminar, Invited, 2010-2011  

    "Italo-Chinese Border Crossing and Male Vulnerability in Cinema: Amelio’s La stella che non c’è (2006)", American Men’s Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, 2009-2010 

  • Publications

    Book Chapters:

    Zhang, G. (2013). "Comedy Film and Immigration to Italy: Reading Masculinity, Hybridity, and Satire in Lezioni di cioccolato (2007), Questa notte è ancora nostra (2008), and Into Paradiso (2010)".
    The Cinemas of Italian Migration pp. 263-279. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Zhang, G. (2012). "The Three Riddles in Puccini’s Turandot: Masculinity, Empire, and Orientalism".
    Der musikalisch modellierte Mann pp. 397-416. Vienna: Praesens.

    Journal Articles

    Zhang, G. (2013). Contemporary Italian Novels on Chinese Immigration to Italy. Californian Italian Studies Journal. Vol. 4

    Zhang, G. (2012). "The Protest in Milan’s Chinatown and the Chinese Immigrants in Italy in the Media (2007-9)". Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. Vol. 1 (1), pp. 21-37.

    Zhang, G. (2012). "Italian Male Travelers at the Borderline: Masculinities and Liminal Spaces in Lamerica and Il ladro di bambini by Gianni Amelio". The Italianist (Film Issue). Vol. 32, pp. 238-255.


    Zhang, G., Bellino, F. (2011). "La Fuga/Escape".
    Journal of Italian Translation.