Raffaele Furno returned to Italy after over ten years in the United States teaching at Northwestern University. His experience and expertise in theatre and performance studies lends itself to the analysis of Rome as performance. A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several important research grants, Dr. Furno obtained degrees from Northwestern, UC Berkeley, andIstituto Universitario Orientale in Naples. His research interests include experimental theater, Japanese avant garde theater, Afro-Italian theater, and multiculturalism. Additionally, his first book was published in 2010 and is entitled Intra-cultural theatre: Performing the life of black migrants to Italy. He is also author of many articles on current cultural and social characteristics of Italian identity.