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Peter Naccarato is the interim president of Marymount Manhattan College.

Immediately prior to being appointed interim president, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. He has been a member of the faculty in the Department of English and World Literatures for over 20 years. He has also served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Humanities Division, Chair of the English and World Literatures Department, Coordinator of the General Education Program, and Coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program. He has 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 71 st Street campus, Naccarato has taught in the MMC’s College Program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility(opens in a new tab) 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, Peter’s work is in the interdisciplinary field of food studies. He has worked collaboratively with Dr. Katie LeBesco for several years and they have published and presented their work at many conferences. Their co-publications include The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture(opens in a new tab) (Bloomsbury Press, 2018), Culinary Capital(opens in a new tab) (Berg Press, 2012) and Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning(opens in a new tab) (SUNY Press, 2008). Additional food-studies related research has focused on Italian and Italian-American food and culture, including co-editing Representing Italy Through Food with Zachary Nowak and Elgin Eckert, (Bloomsbury Press, 2017).

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