Lora Jury

Research and Teaching Interests

Cinema, Italian Fascism, Postcolonial Studies, The Medical Humanities, Ecomedia Studies.


Lora Jury is a British film scholar and 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies, with a double minor in Gender Studies and FTT (Film, Television and Theatre). She grew up in Wales and graduated from the University of Reading, with a BA in English Literature and Italian Studies, where she also completed a study abroad period at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo. Lora subsequently moved to the US to complete an MA in Italian Studies from the University of Oregon. Lora is a dedicated advocate for student wellbeing, international student support, and educational equity for underrepresented and first-generation university attendees. She was recently reappointed to serve as a Nanovic Institute Graduate Fellow during the 2023-24 academic year, and is also the recipient of a prestigious Wolfsonian Fellowship to support her research on Italian cinema at the Wolfsonian Library in Miami, Florida. Furthermore, Lora is currently a member of the editorial board for the Università di Bologna’s film journal, Cinergie: Il cinema e gli altri.

Lora’s research background is in the study of Italian fascism and colonialism, particularly as they relate to cinema. Her current dissertation project encompasses the analysis of gender, race, class, and colonialism and is entitled “Oil’s Film Empire.” This work explores the historical, financial, cultural, and political connections between the oil industry and Italian cinema.


“Interrogating the Esso Insignia: Feminised Labour Depictions and the Economic Boom.” The Italianist, vol. 42, no. 2, 2022, pp. 246-267.
Awards & Honors
2022: G. Margaret Porter Gender Studies Graduate Writing Awards, University of Notre Dame. Best thesis chapter, dissertation chapter, journal article, or book chapter:
Interrogating the Esso Insignia: Feminised Labour Depictions and the Economic Boom.”

Email: ljury@nd.edu
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