Stefano Morello is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in English at CUNY’s Graduate Center. His academic interests include American Studies, pop culture, poetics, and archive theory. His dissertation explores the heterotopic space of the East Bay punk scene, its modes of resistance and (dis-)association, and the clashes between its politics and aesthetics. He serves as co-chair of the Graduate Forum of the Italian Association for American Studies (AISNA) and is a founding editor of its journal, JAm It! (Journal of American Studies in Italy). As a digital humanist, Stefano focuses on archival practices, with a knack for archival pedagogy and public facing initiatives. He is currently working on the East Bay Punk Digital Archive – an open access archive that preserves and makes available the subjugated knowledge produced by several subcultural formations that loomed in around the San Francisco Bay Area between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s – and co-curating an exhibition based on his yet unpublished MA dissertation on the Lung Block, a neighborhood on the Lower East Side subject to a process of slum-making during the Progressive Era.