Doniella Maher, currently an adjunct in our English
Department, will be joining the full time ranks in the fall. Doniella has
taught for the past four years as an adjunct member of the faculty at Chabot
College, City College of San Francisco, and Cañada College. Now she is thrilled
to be joining Cañada as a fulltime tenure track faculty member.
Doniella grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. She completed half of her Bachelor’s degree coursework in Florence,
earning an Italian Studies degree from CSU Sacramento. She graduated from San
Francisco State University with a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature.
She also earned a Certificate to
Teach Post-Secondary Reading and Learning from
CSU-Fullerton. Her scholarly emphasis and specialty area is contemporary
Italian literature and critical theory, but her personal interests have led to
an in-depth study of immigrant literature from all over the world. This study
has led to a great desire to explore the unique stories in our own diverse
Her love of history, art and the social sciences of led her
to further pursue an understanding of the social context and artistic movements
out of which literature emerges.