Peter Naccarato

Professor of English & World Literatures

Peter Naccarato has taught at Marymount Manhattan College since 1999.  He hails from Philadelphia (the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia to be exact) and has lived on Long Island (he earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook), Astoria, Forest Hills, and now lives in Manhattan.  When not teaching or engaged in work related to his teaching, he is likely cooking (Italian food is his speciality), dining out, or watching MSNBC (or The Golden Girls). Peter teaches a range of courses in the English & World Literatures major and the general education curriculum, including LGBTQ Literary Traditions, Literature and Human Rights, Deconstructing the American Family, and Edible Ideologies: The Politics of Food.  Peter also enjoys opportunities to teach in the College Honors Program and the College Program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.


Professor of English & World Literatures


English & World Literatures





Ph.D., State University of New York, College at Stony Brook

B.A., Villanova University

Recent Work

Representing Italy Through Food, co-edited with Zachary Nowak and Elgih Eckert, Bloomsbury Press, 2016.

Culinary Capital, co-authored with Katie LeBesco, Berg Press, 2012.

Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning, co-edited with Katie LeBesco, SUNY Press, 2008. 


Peter’s research interests are primarily in food studies.  He has worked collaboratively with Katie LeBesco for several years and they have published and presented their work at many conferences.  In recent years, some of Peter’s research has focused specifically on Italian and Italian-American food and culture.  Overall, Peter loves engaging in research in areas that are deeply meaningful to him, namely his love of food and all things Italian. 


In my Global Modernisms class, we explore the influence of modern art on the writers of the period.  From Impressionism to Post-Impressionism, Cubism to Dadaism, modern artists had profound impact on the writers of the time.  While we can read about this influence, there is nothing better than having my students visit the Museum of Modern Art to actually experience these masterpieces.  I ask students to select several paintings and to think about how the techniques and goals of the visual artists parallel those of modernist writers.  As students study these canvases, they experience the critical connections between the visual and the literary that are the hallmark of Modernism.

Professional Experience

College Service

Served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Faculty Liaison to Auxiliary Education Programs

Co-Organizer, Crossing Borders VI Conference at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am

and by appointment


The Faculty Center 500