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Serena Ferrando

Serena Ferrando

Assistant Professor, Environmental Humanities and Italian, School of International Letters and Cultures


School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, Environmental Humanities and Italian, School of International Letters and Cultures


Serena Ferrando’s research focuses primarily on water and modern/contemporary Italian poetry. Her book project, Cultural Hydrographies: Water, Poetry, and Environment, offers an original ecocritical-cultural narrative of the relationship between poetry and nature in the city of Milan, Italy and three Milanese poets. Ferrando directs a digital humanities exhibit about Milan’s water canals called Navigli Project. She also studies environmental and experimental noisescapes and offers a course titled “Noisemakers! Tracing the History of Modern Music in Italy” where students build noise instruments and develop multimedia projects that utilize sound mapping to create a multisensory experience of the world. Her publications span across the fields of literature, ecocriticism, and digital humanities.


  • Graduate Certificate, Digital Humanities, University of Victoria, British Columbia, 2017
  • PhD, Italian Studies, Stanford University, 2013
  • MA, Comparative Literature, University of Texas-Austin, 2005
  • MA, American Studies, University of Texas-Austin, 2001
  • BA, Modern Foreign Languages, UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Genova, 1998


Journal Articles


Ferrando, S. 2019. The Navigli Project: A digital uncovering of Milan's aquatic geographies. Italian Culture 37(2):150-158. DOI: 10.1080/01614622.2019.1717786. (link )

Ferrando, S. and M. Wardecker. 2019. Noisemakers! Putting the analog in digital humanities. Humanist Studies & the Digital Age 6(1):59-68. DOI: 10.5399/uo/hsda.6.1.4.. (link )


Ferrando, S. 2017. "Un’oscura sete." Natura nella Milano di Milo De Angelis. Italica 94(2):276-292. (link )

Ferrando, S. and G. Sancristoforo. 2017. Audioscan Milano. Exploring avant-garde sound practices via digital humanities. Humanist Studies & the Digital Age 5(1):108-115. DOI: 10.7264/N3JM2823. (link )


Ferrando, S. 2014. Water in Milan: A cultural history of the Naviglio. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 21(2):374-393. DOI: 10.1093/isle/isu046. (link )

Book Chapters


Ferrando, S. 2022. Chapter 6 Cravasco: An example of slow violence. In: Benvegnu, D. and M. Gilebbi eds., Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices. Vernon Press. ISBN: 978-1-64889-225-7.


Ferrando, S. 2018. Terra in Dino Buzzati's fantastic landscapes. Pp. 88-97 In: Iovino, S., E. Cesaretti and E. Past eds., Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. University of Virginia Press. ISBN: 978-0-8139-4108-0.