Peter Naccarato

Professor of English & World Literatures

Peter Naccarato has taught at Marymount Manhattan College since 1999.  He hails from Philadelphia and has lived on Long Island, Astoria, Forest Hills, and now lives in Manhattan.  When not teaching or engaged in work related to his teaching, he is likely cooking or dining out with friends. Peter teaches a range of courses in the English & World Literatures major and the general education curriculum, including LGBTQ Literary Traditions, Literature and Human Rights, Reading While Black: Writing, Race, and Resistance, and Edible Ideologies: The Politics of Food.  Peter also enjoys opportunities to teach in the College Honors Program and the College Program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.


Professor of English & World Literatures


English & World Literatures





Ph.D., State University of New York, College at Stony Brook

B.A., Villanova University

Recent Work

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture, co-edited with Katie LeBesco, Bloomsbury Press, 2018.

Representing Italy Through Food, co-edited with Zachary Nowak and Elgin Eckert, Bloomsbury Press, 2017.

Culinary Capital, co-authored with Katie LeBesco, Berg Press, 2012.

Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning, co-edited with Katie LeBesco, SUNY Press, 2008. 


Peter’s research interests are primarily in food studies.  He has worked collaboratively with Katie LeBesco for several years and they have published and presented their work at many conferences.  In recent years, some of Peter’s research has focused specifically on Italian and Italian-American food and culture.  Overall, Peter loves engaging in research in areas that are deeply meaningful to him, namely his love of food and all things Italian. 


In addition to teaching many courses in the English & World Literatures curriculum,  I also teach a section of NYC Seminar called Eating New York.  In this course, my students and I study the history of NYC through its diverse food culture.  We also take several culinary tours, including to Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and the Union Square Green Market.

I have also had the pleasure of taking MMC students on a summer study abroad experience at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy.  There, I teach a course called Mangiamo: Food in Italian Literature and Film.  I have also helped establish MMC’s partnerships with the Umbra Institute and the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy.    

Professional Experience

College Service

Currently serving as Faculty Liaison to the Institute for Pre-College and Advanced Studies.

Served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Co-Organizer, Crossing Borders VI Conference at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am

and by appointment


The Faculty Center 500