Alessia Risi is a Research Fellow at University College Cork (UCC), where she is currently partner of the Italy-based project ‘Walls and Integration: Images of Europe Building’. She teaches a number of Italian language and cultural courses both in the Department of Italian at UCC and in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She completed her IRC-funded PhD at UCC in 2013, with a thesis entitled: “Destabilising Function and Political Commitment: Female Figures in Italian Crime Fiction, 1980 to the Present”. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and span from Italian contemporary literature to genre fiction, from feminist theories to gender studies, from collective memories to transnational motifs in literature, and from cultural studies to transmedia narratology. Her more recent publications include articles such as ‘Approaches to Gender: Grazia Verasani’s Giorgia Cantini Series’, in Out of Deadlock: Female Emancipation in Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski Novels, and Her Influence on Contemporary Crime Fiction (2015) and ‘Il transmedia activism nel contesto italiano: l’esperienza transmediale Rai di Transiti’, in Transmedia. Storia, memoria e narrazioni italiane attraverso i media (2015).