B.A., Harvard University Extension School; M.A., Tufts University
Lecturer in Italian Studies
Research focuses on Italian language pedagogy and 20th century Italian cultural studies.
Daniela Bartalesi-Graf is Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies. She holds an MA in Classical Studies from Tufts University. Before joining Wellesley College in Fall 2011, Daniela taught courses in the Italian language and culture at all levels at Tufts University for about 20 years. Her research interests are in Italian language pedagogy and 20 th century Italian cultural studies. She has published articles on visual literacy in second language acquisition and on Italian writers Carlo Levi and Margaret Mazzantini. She is also the sole author of two textbooks and co-author of a third:
L’Italia dal fascismo ad oggi: percorsi paralleli nella storia, nella letteratura, e nel cinema (Guerra Edizioni, Perugia 2005), at the intermediate-advanced level;
Voci dal Sud: A Journey to Southern Italy with Carlo Levi and His Christ Stopped at Eboli (Yale University Press, New Haven 2011), at the advanced level.
Caleidoscopio (Pearson Education, New Jersy 2014), at the intermediate level, with co-author Colleen Ryan, Associate Professor of Italian at Indiana University.
She is the creator of the following three MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) currently hosted on the edX platform:
These courses employ a “self-study” method, are open to the entire world at no cost, and have attracted over 70,000 learners from 188 different countries.
Daniela is currently working on a fully online AP Italian Language and Culture course (both AP exam preparation and AP course with credit) which will be launched on the edX platform in fall 2017.
She is a native of Milan, Italy, is married with two children and lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Outside of her academic interests she enjoys hiking, running, and heated arguments over Italian politics.