Emily Meneghin currently teaches language courses as a Lecturer of Italian at Penn State. She also chairs the Italian Teaching Community through the Scheyer Institute, which connects any faculty interested in Italian to collaborate on new initiatives and pedagogy. Her research interests include: contemporary Italy, social psychology and belonging, and community histories, as well as representation in media, identity and hegemony, and inclusivity and diversity.
Her Master’s thesis, Space & Social Interaction Among Teenagers in Varese, Italy, is an ethnography study interviewing adolescents about how they interact with each other at school, online, and outside of school. She conducted research in 2018 with funding from the Friend’s of FAI D’Agostino Summer Research Grant. At the “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer School hosted by the Università di Bologna, she presented on Identity and belonging for the G2 in a heterogenous contemporary Italy. She has presented her research, SKAM and SKAM Italia: Translating the Media-Saturated Teenage Experience, at conferences at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland in 2019. In 2021 she was published in L’avventura for her original research paper, SKAM and SKAM Italia: Adapting a Transmedia Format Across a Transnational Media and Cultural Landscape. In 2020, she has also published a book review of Italian Ecocinema by Elena Past in the EuropeNow Journal.