Dr. Cantarello (he/him/his/él) earned his Ph.D. from John Hopkins University in 2018. He is currently working on his first monograph, How Corpses Make Citizens: The Literature and Cinema of Mexican and Italian Organized Crime. The project analyzes contemporary fictions of organized crime, traversing rural, urban, and border geographies from the 1950s to the present. It examines the consequences of organized criminality on socio-cultural issues like national/regional identity and culture, and links such elements to literary trends and innovations in each country.
More broadly, Dr. Cantarello’s research focuses on narratives of violent ruptures in contemporary Mexico and Latin America to explore how fiction and non-fictional genres represent socio-cultural transformations.