Lecturer in Italian
Italian Language Program Coordinator
I am a Lecturer in Italian with a background in Italian and gender studies. Within the Department of French and Italian, I teach elementary to advanced Italian language and culture courses, in addition to advanced composition and Italian for Spanish speakers. I also serve as the Italian Language Program Coordinator.
I have published peer-reviewed essays on the representation of children in Elsa Morante’s poetry, the experimental coming-of age novels by feminist Swiss-Italian writer Alice Ceresa, and children’s literature and ecocriticism in Italy. Currently, I am working on two articles dedicated to transcultural competence and community building in the language classroom as well as on a larger project involving the representation of slavery and old age in seventeenth and eighteenth-century fairy tales.
- PhD, Italian, University of California, Los Angeles
- Laurea Magistrale, Summa Cum Laude, Italian Studies, University of Bologna (Italy)
- Laurea, Modern Literary Studies, University of Bologna (Italy)
- Second-language pedagogy, with an emphasis on digital technology applied to the hybrid and online teaching formats
- Fairy-tale studies, especially in modern and contemporary Italy and Western Europe
- Children’s literature and entertainment
- Genre and gender in the European coming-of-age novel