Simona Bertacco

Director of Graduate studies


Simona Bertacco is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the Department of Comparative Humanities and is an affiliate member of the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She began her academic career at the University of Milan, in Italy, and joined the University of Louisville in 2011.

Her research focuses on postcolonial literatures, women’s translingual writing, and on the effects of translation on postcolonial literatures. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which language and translation are used in the postcolonial literary text and in the forms of readerly participation that linguistically complex texts create. She is currently working on a co-authored book on translation and migration.

Teaching Areas

Professor Bertacco offers a range of interdisciplinary courses that bring literary, visual and theoretical texts into critical dialogue within a comparative and global perspective. Most of her courses are cross-listed between the Departments of Comparative Humanities and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She team-teaches in the Humanities Ph.D. core courses (Introduction to the Global Humanities and Global Perspectives on Arts and Culture).  

Courses she has recently taught:

  • HUM 331/WGST 303 - Humanities and Gender (Cardinal Core, D2)
  • HUM 596 - Perspectives on Modern Global Culture (Focus on Global Mobilities)
  • HUM 660 - Introduction to the Global Humanities (team-taught)
  • HUM 663 - Global Perspectives on Arts and Cultures (team-taught)
  • HUM 672/WGST 692 - The Global Human
  • HUM 673 – Translation as Culture
  • HUM 362 – Translation in a Global Context