B.A., University of Bari (Italy); M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York (Buffalo)
Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
Involved in foreign language education, testing, study abroad programs, international internships, and Italian cinema.
My research interests focus on Italian women filmmakers, cinema directed in the Apulia region, and international directors involved in representations of crimes of honor in the world. I have published extensively on Italian cinema and the edited volume Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). I am also very active in organizing college wide events: lectures, film screenings, a symposium, and interdisciplinary faculty seminars.
My teaching methodology is inspired by humanistic and cognitive theories, by communicative principles of foreign language pedagogy, and is also strongly influenced by the multiple intelligences theory. In addition to my Italian language teaching and course coordination, I am active as a foreign language educator. My extensive training practice in the United States and Europe has enabled me to earn international recognition as an academic programe valuator, supervisor, and curriculum consultant. I am also active in teaching film courses on Italian women directors, the Italian comedy, and women's studies.