5500 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Christina Vella received her Ph.D. in European and U.S. history from Tulane University in New Orleans. A professor of history for many years, she now devotes most of her time to writing. She frequently serves as a consultant and writer for the U.S. Department of State, Curatorial Division. When Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba was chosen for the cover of the New York Times Book Review, Vella began receiving lecture invitations which increased as the biography was selected by Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, and Times-Picayune for their "Best Books of 1997" lists. In 2003, Intimate Enemies was adapted by Thea Musgrave as the opera Pontalba. Vella's second book, The Hitler Kiss, is a memoir of the Czechoslovak resistance. Indecent Secrets, Italy's Infamous Murri Murder Affair, published by Free Press in 2006 is the history of a famous murder trial that took place in Italy in 1905. George Washington Carver: A Life was published by LSU Press in 2015. Dr. Vella is now at work on a biography of Kemal Ataturk.
Recent lecture invitations include: National Convention English-Speaking Union; Princeton University, Mellon Lecturer; George Washington Univ.; Rutgers Univ.; Queens College, CUNY; Villanova Univ.; Rosemont College; Louisiana State Univ. in Baton Rouge and Shreveport; Univ. Of New Orleans; Centenary College; Tulane Univ., Friends of the Louisiana Cabildo; Tennessee Williams Festival; Faulkner Society Symposium; Historic New Orleans Collection; Louisiana State Museum; American Biographical Assoc., McDonogh School Founders' Day, U.S. State Department Curatorial Division, National Association of State Treasurers, and many conventions. She has appeared on NPR, C-Span II, A&E, and the History Channel.
2010 Preservation Award, Foundation for Historical Louisiana