Marymount Manhattan

Peter Naccarato

Peter Naccarato has been at Marymount Manhattan College for 14 years.  He hails from Philadelphia (the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia to be exact) and has lived on Long Island (he earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook), Astoria, Forest Hills, and now lives in Manhattan.  When not teaching or engaged in work related to his teaching, he is likely cooking (Italian food is his speciality), dining out, or watching MSNBC (or The Golden Girls or The Young and the Restless).  Peter is thrilled by his new office in the Faculty Center so stop by fifth floor to say hello.

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Professor of English and World Literatures


English and World Literatures





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

Recent Work

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. 



Peter teaches a range of courses in the English & World Literatures major and the general education curriculum.  Within the major, he teaches courses on Global Modernism, The Literature of Empire, and Senior Seminar.  He has also developed many general education courses, including LGBTQ Literary Traditions, Literature and Human Rights, Deconstructing the American Family, 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.


Professional Experience

College Service

Chair, Humanities Division.
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies major.
Co-Coordinator, Liberal Studies Program.
Member, Academic Policy Committee.
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Governance.

Member, Writing Program Advisory Board.

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