Maria Faini

Maria Faini

Assistant Specialist

Maria Faini is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies and Critical Theory. Her work focuses on U.S. imperial culture, specifically war writing and atmospherics; P.T.S.D., moral injury, and suicide; and veteran art practice and performance. Publications include pieces in Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical StudiesAda: A Journal of Gender, Technology, and New Media, and upcoming in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She has written for Nation of Change and The Feminist Wire, is co-executive editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal, and co-founder of IABA’s Life Writing SNS Network. A member of the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Student Advisory Board, she is a 2016 Arts Research Center fellow at UC Berkeley and a 2016-17 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) fellow. She currently serves as an Assistant Specialist for the Center for Race and Gender (2017-18). Dissertation: The Art of Moral Injury: Decolonizing the Occupying Body through Artisanal Destruction