Julia Nelsen is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature. She works on modernist and avant-garde writing in Italian, English, and French. Combining literary and media studies, her dissertation reexamines the Futurist “wireless imagination”, focusing on the politics and affects of communication at a distance. Her research interests also include poetry, print culture, film, and translation.  A native San Franciscan, Julia received her B.A. in English and Italian Studies from UC Berkeley in 2006 and returned to Cal after completing her “Laurea magistrale” in European Languages and Literatures at the University of Milan.

Courses taught: “Making It New”, “Metrotexts”, “In prima persona”, “Voices on Paper”, “Becoming Unbalanced” (Reading & Composition); Reading Italian Literature (Upper-division); Elementary Italian