Stefano Morello is a doctoral student in English at the Graduate Center and a Teaching Fellow at Queens College. He holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Torino. His academic interests include American Studies, poetics, popular culture, modern and contemporary American literature, queer theory, and transnational screen cultures. Four years into the program, he is mostly interested in youth subcultures and their capacity to produce and circulate subjugated knowledge – he is currently committed to exploring the heterotopic space of punk feelings, its modes of resistance and (dis-)association, and the odd clashes between its politics and aesthetics. He is also co-curating an exhibition [] for the City of New York – based on his yet unpublished M.A. dissertation – on a neighborhood on the Lower East Side subject to a process of slum-making during the Progressive Era.