Nicole Bonino

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
NCH 468
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2020
M.A., University of Virginia, 2016
M.A., University of Turin, 2013
B.A., University of Turin, 2011

I am Italian, from Turin, but I am currently based in the United States. My interdisciplinary research focuses on the interconnections between migration and urban environment in the Global South, with specific attention conveyed to the analysis of Latin American metropolises and the depiction of urban socio-cultural dynamics in literature and visual art. Together with my doctoral dissertation based on the analysis of the literary representation of the Italian migration to Argentina, I am currently working on a project that investigates the literary and artistic production of immigrant communities in the Southern Cone conveying particular attention to dynamics of race, ethnicity, and social inequality. I serve as elected member of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Nominating Committee. 

ITAL 1010: Elementary Italian I
Credits: 4
Introduction to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Italian. Five class hours and one language laboratory hour. Followed by ITAL 1020.
SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 3
Enables students to successfully perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations and handle complications (e.g., asking for, understanding and giving directions, expressing happiness and affection, and persuading). Students may choose either SPAN 2020A, which includes reading literary and cultural selections or SPAN 2020C, which includes selected medical readings. Three class hours. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: Passing grade in SPAN 2010; SAT II test scores of 600-640; UVa placement test score of 410-535; IB exam score of 5 or 6; or permission of the department. Note: Prerequisite for the following courses: SPAN 2020 or the equivalent.
SPAN 3010: Grammar and Composition I
Credits: 3
This course seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive reading, writing, analysis, and discussion of authentic literary texts and videos. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structure expected in the following academic genres: the critical review, the persuasive essay, and the research paper.
SPAN 3300: Texts and Interpretation
Credits: 3
In this course we will be covering a variety of basic approaches to literary texts that enable us to analyze & understand them better. The course will be organized on the basis of literary genre (narrative, theater, poetry, etc.), with a portion of the semester dedicated to each. Short texts in Spanish for readings will be drawn from both Spanish & Latin Am literature, and from a range of time periods. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or dept. placement.

Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Spanish Major Advisor

Center for Teaching Excellence

Digital Pedagogy Liaison

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Member of the Nominating Committee
United Kingdom
Visiting Research Fellow, Global Development Institute and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Manchester (A.Y. 2020-2021)

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


Association for the Study of Literature and Environment


Environmental Resilience Institute


Latin American Studies Association


Modern Language Association


National Coalition of Independent Scholars


Northeast Modern Language Association


2020-2021, Mellon Global South Lab at the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC). Curriculum Development Award for the project “Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees in the Global South”

2019-2020, Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) Grant (Buenos Aires and Montevideo)

2019-2020, Centro de las Américas Grant / Center for the Americas (Buenos Aires and Montevideo)

2019-2020, Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, National Graduate Research Grant, (Buenos Aires and Montevideo)

2019, Del Greco Essay Prize for “La transculturación literaria del naturalismo en ¿Inocentes o culpables? (1884) de Antonio Argerich”

2018-2019, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Centro Studi Migrazioni CSMedi (Genoa)

2018-2019, Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), Centro Studi Migrazioni CSMedi (Genoa)

2018-2019, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Center for Latin American Migration Studies CEMLA (Buenos Aires)

2018, Charles Gordon Reid Summer Research Fellowship, Center for Latin American Migration Studies CEMLA (Buenos Aires)

2017, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Summer Research Grant, Centro Studi Emigrazione Roma CSER (Rome)  

2016-2017, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Centro Studi Emigrazione Roma CSER (Rome)

2016, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory at the University of Bologna (Bologna)