Dana Renga

Dana Renga

Dana Renga

Department of French and Italian



200H Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Italian cinema and television
  • Mafia studies
  • Film theory, trauma theory, feminist and gender studies


  • Ph.D., UCLA, 2001


Dana Renga is an associate professor of Italian and the department chair of French and Italian. She works on Italian film and television, and has published articles and book chapters on Italian cinema and television, Italian popular culture, and modern and contemporary Italian poetry and literature. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium (University of Toronto Press, 2013), the editor of Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2011), and co-edits The Italianist film issue. She is working on a book called Angels of Evil: Sympathetic Perpetrators on Small Italian Screens and the co-authored A Long Holiday: Internal Exile in Fascist Italy (under contract, The University of Manchester Press). Professor Renga teaches courses on Italian film and television at both the undergraduate and graduate level and regularly teaches two General Education courses in English on Italian Cinema (IT2053, each autumn) and Mafia Movies (IT2055, each spring).