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Maria De Simone

Maria De Simone holds a BA in English and Spanish and an MA in American Literature from Cà Foscari University in Venice (Italy). Her dissertation retraces the off-stage and on-stage lives and personas of immigrant vaudeville performers in the United States between 1880 and 1924. She is interested in immigrant artists’ deployments of racial impersonation as a stage device and as a tool to grapple with questions of identity, assimilation, and foreignness in early-twentieth-century America. At Northwestern, she is affiliated with the Gender and Sexuality Cluster and is the recipient of a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellowship.