Peter Naccarato has been a member of the faculty in the Department of English & World Literatures for over 20 years and began serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty in January. Prior to this appointment, he served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Humanities Division, Chair of the English & World Literatures Department, Coordinator of the General Education Program, and Coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program. He has also served extensively on faculty and college-wide committees, including co-chairing the College’s most recent successful Middle States reaccreditation.
In addition to developing and teaching many courses on our 71st Street campus, Naccarato teaches in MMC’s College Program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and has led study abroad trips to Italy, where he established partnerships with the Umbra Institute in Perugia and the International Studies Institute in Florence. In 2009, he was recognized by his colleagues with the Teaching Excellence Award.
Naccarato earned his Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University and his B.A. in English from Villanova University. As a scholar, his work is in the interdisciplinary field of food studies. He works collaboratively with Dr. Katie LeBesco and heir co-publications include The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Press, 2018), Culinary Capital (Berg Press, 2012) and Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning (SUNY Press, 2008). His food-studies related research also focuses on Italian and Italian-American food and culture. WIth Zachary Nowak and Elgin Eckert he co-edited Representing Italy Through Food (Bloomsbury Press, 2017).
Professor of English and World Literatures
Ph.D., State University of New York, College at Stony Brook
B.A., Villanova University
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.