• Profile:

    Fiore Sireci has taught literature, language, social history, and the history of ideas in a number of settings for over 20 years. He earned a B.Sc. degree in education and music performance from Brooklyn College and is a flutist. He began his work life as an outreach counselor for de-institutionalized children for United Cerebral Palsy. For many years, he taught English and civics in citizenship and immigrant programs, including the Fourth World Movement and the community outreach program of Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In 1998, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach language and literature pedagogy in San Jujuy, Argentina, and subsequently earned a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., where his research focused on Enlightenment political writing and the work of Mary Wollstonecraft. He continues to write and speak on Wollstonecraft, focusing on her work life as among the first women literary and journalistic professionals in eighteenth-century Britain. He is also engaged in a long-range ethnography and memory project, interviewing the residents of Vallemaio,in the region of Lazio, Italy, especially World War II survivors and traditional farmers. This project has resulted in a book manuscript, After Italy, being published in installments in La Voce di New York, a newspaper serving the Italian and Italian-American community in New York City. Fiore Sireci is also on the training team at an executive consulting firm based in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He has worked as an editor, translator, and consultant for the Italian graphic novel publisher Cong, the Metropolitan Opera and a number of graduate students, writers, and scholars. Being a teacher in allied fields, including literature, philosophy, social history, Italian, and writing and theory for design students, Fiore’s practice is interdisciplinary and interactive. He is firmly committed to the success of his students and the support of his colleagues.

    Degrees Held:

    University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, Scotland | Ph.D., English Literature | 2007

    University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, Scotland | M.Sc. by Research, Enlightenment Studies | 2002

    Brooklyn College, CUNY | Brooklyn New York | B.Sc., Music Performance and Education | 1985

    Professional Affiliations:

    Fulbright Association. 1998 – Present.

    Modern Language Association. 2005 – Present.

    New York Flute Club. 1990 - Present

    Recent Publications:

    (to be published Sept., 2018) “Kindred Spirits in an Age of Political Censure: P.B. Shelley’s Revolt of Islam and the Example of Mary Wollstonecraft.” Keats-Shelley Review.

    2018  “Reading (with) Wollstonecraft.” JHI Blog: A Blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas, committed to June 18.

    2018  “Mary Wollstonecraft and ‘Writers Who have Rendered Women Objects of Pity’: Critical Strategies in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” Journal of the History of Ideas 20.2: 243-265.

    2018  “After Italy: Coney Island.” La Voce di New York.

    2017  “50 Ways to Be Italian,” review of New Italian Migrations to the United States: 1945-1973, eds., Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra. Brooklyn Rail.October.

    2016  Translation and historical notes for the graphic novel Wheeling (historical fiction on the French and Indian War) by Hugo Pratt, Cong SA, 2015, and iTunes. 350 pages.

    2015  Translation of the 6-part graphic novel series, Gli Scorpioni del Deserto (historical fiction on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in WW II) by Hugo Pratt, Cong SA, 2014, and iTunes. 400 pages.

    2013  “Revising William Godwin: Mary Hays’s Second Obituary of Mary Wollstonecraft.” Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays, Female Biography (1818). Chawton House Press.

    2013  "Wollstonecraft, Mary," in The Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, vol. 2, SAGE publications: 862-865.

    2013  “‘Defects of Temper’: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Strategic Self-Representations,” in Called to Civil Existence: Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi Press. 71-92.

    2011  “Voice of Vallemaio: the Journey of Raimondo DiMambro,” Primo, Spring: 39-40.

    2010  “The Spiritual Vindications of Mary Wollstonecraft.” Enlightenment and Dissent 26: 195-229.

    Research Interests:

    Eighteenth-century political philosophy, Mary Wollstonecraft, British literature of the long eighteenth century.

    Ethnography of Southern Italy, dialect preservation, immigrant and New York City history.


    Awards And Honors:

    • Invited lecturer at the American Academy in Rome for the panel on Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Revolt of Islam, 2017.
    • Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Sociology at University D’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy. Funded by the PSC/CUNY Faculty Research Grant and funding from the U. D’Annunzio, 2017.
    • Co-recipient of Faculty Research Fund Grant 2012-2013, The New School.
    • Faculty Development Grants for the years 2007-2010, The New School.
    • #1 New Chess Player in Scotland, 2000.
    • Fulbright grant to teach and consult in San Jujuy, Argentina on English language and literature pedagogy, 1998.