College of Arts and Sciences

dicarmineRoberta Di Carmine, Ph.D.


Film Studies

Office: Simpkins 219
Phone: 309/298-2192
Office Hours: Mon: 11-1pm; Tue: 3-4pm; Wed: 11am-12pm (Spring 2018)

I was born and raised in Pescara, Italy, where I received my Laurea (magna cum laude, University "G. D'Annunzio"). I hold a Master's degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon.

Before coming to WIU in 2006, I taught at Dickinson College (Pennsylvania) and at the University of Oklahoma.

At WIU, I am responsible for teaching film courses and directing the Interdisciplinary Film Minor. I am also the faculty adviser of the WIU Film Club. Having contributed to the creation of an Interdisciplinary Film Minor has made my staying at WIU particularly enjoyable. I love teaching film and I do enjoy interacting with students who have a passion for film and filmmaking.

My scholarly interests mostly focus on race/ethnicity and gender. I have published refereed articles on food and Italian American cinema, teaching African cinema to undergraduates, and violence and sexuality in the early films by Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone. In 2011, Peter Lang published my first book, Italy Meets Africa. Colonial Discourses in Italian Cinema and in 2012 my work on Italian film comedy was published in A Companion to Film Comedy (edited by Andrew Horton and Joanna Rapf, Wiley-Blackwell).

I have had the privilege to be recognized as film scholar and faculty member:

- Winner, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, Western Illinois University, April 22, 2013
- Nominated for the United States, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, International Book Award, "Premio Internazionale di Italianistica Ennio Flaiano,” April-May, 2012 (for my book  Italy Meets Africa ).
- Winner, 2010 Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus, Western Illinois University, October 13, 2010
- Winner, College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Faculty Award for Internationalizing the Campus, Western Illinois University, May 7, 2010

Besides watching and discussing movies, I love to travel. I have visited so many countries so far (South Africa, Argentina, Brasil, Australia, Japan, and most of Europe) but I am always up to another trip! I enjoy exploring new places and cultures. I also enjoy architecture, contemporary art, photography, and I love dogs!