Stephanie Malia Hom is the Executive Director of Acus Foundation in Berkeley, CA. The Foundation educates military physicians in the science and art of medical acupuncture to heal the physical and invisible wounds of war among our nation's service members and veterans.
Prior to her transition into the nonprofit sector, she held the position of Presidential Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma, where she was also an affiliated faculty member in the OU College of International Studies and the OU Film and Media Studies Program.
Training in literary criticism and cultural anthropology, her scholarship explores the narratives, symbols, spaces, and differences that give rise to Italy and the wider Mediterranean as political imaginaries on a globalized scale. She writes and lectures on modern Italian literature and culture; the theory, practice, and history of tourism; Italian colonialism and imperialism; and the growing inequalities between those who move by choice and those who are moved by force, especially in the context of contemporary immigration policy in Italy and the EU.
Her books include The Beautiful Country: Tourism and the Impossible State of Destination Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and with co-editor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, the volume Italian Mobilities (Routledge, 2016). Her essays and articles have been published in wide range of venues, including the leading journals in the fields of Italian studies, tourism history, urban studies, and folkloristics. She is currently finishing her second book manuscript, The Empire Between: Mobility, Colonialism, and Space in Italy & Libya.
Her research has been supported with several prestigious grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Rome, the Stanford Humanities Center, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Lauro De Boisis Lectureship at Harvard University, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Wolfsonian-FIU, among others.
She received her MA and PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; a Diploma di lingua e cultura italiana from the Università per Stranieri in Perugia; and a BA with Honors in International Relations from Brown University. At Berkeley, she was the co-founder of the Tourism Studies Working Group, for which she served as chair from 2003-2007 and continues her involvement as a core research member.
Additionally, she serves on the executive board of Research Committee 50 on International Tourism of the International Sociological Association as its communications and promotions officer. She also serves as a peer reviewer for a number of journals.
Prior to embarking on her academic career, she worked as a reporter at the Summit Daily News in Frisco, Colorado and as a freelance journalist in Italy. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, traveling, backpacking, cycle touring, and going to the beach in her home state of Hawaii.