Chiara Giovanni

Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, admitted Autumn 2017
Ph.D. Minor, Anthropology
2023: Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellow
2022: Thomas C. Nelson Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (SIGF)
2017: M.St. with distinction, Modern Languages (Spanish), Ertegun Scholar in the Humanities, Magdalen College, Oxford
2016: B.A. (Hons, Congratulatory First Class), Modern Languages (German and Spanish), Magdalen College, Oxford

Chiara Giovanni is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Her doctoral project is an interdisciplinary essay collection about the effects of social upheaval, such as through the #MeToo movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, on our bodies, desires, and intimacies. She works with literary analysis, ethnography, visual and virtual culture, and phenomenology.

She received previous training from the University of Oxford, writes a cultural criticism newsletter, and can be reached at chiarag [at] or @carambalache on Twitter or Instagram. As of the year 2021-2022, she is a VPGE DARE Fellow, a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, a Public Writing Fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a Graduate Scholar in Residence at El Centro Chicano y Latino; in 2020-2021, she was a Graduate Public Service Fellow at the Haas Center. She is always happy to talk about and share materials for any of these fellowship opportunities, especially with other first-generation women of color scholars.

At Stanford, Chiara is most excited about co-founding Humanities in Color, a VPGE-funded organization dedicated to the professional development and personal well being of graduate students of color in the humanities. Beyond Stanford, she hopes to serve as an advocate for minoritized humanities scholars, especially those considering futures beyond academia. 



  • English (Native)
  • German (Superior)
  • Spanish (Superior)
  • Portuguese (Intermediate)