Daniela Bartalesi-Graf


(781) 283-3689
Italian Studies
B.A., Harvard University Extension School; M.A., Tufts University

Daniela Bartalesi-Graf
Lecturer in Italian Studies

Research focuses on Italian language pedagogy and 20th century Italian cultural studies.

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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:

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 Lebi and His Christ Stopped at Eboli (Yale University Press, New Haven 2011), at the advanced level.



Daniela is currently working on a third Italian textbook at the second year level with co-author Colleen Ryan-Scheutz, Associate Professor of Italian at Indiana University, which is due to come out in press in November 2013.

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.

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Department of Italian Studies
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Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Sergio Parussa
Department Chair


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Administrative Assistant
Tel: 781.283.2616
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