B.A., University of Bari (Italy); M.S., University of Edinburgh; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York (Buffalo)
Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
In my research I examine representations of violence in world cinema and media. I am the Principal Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and I teach Italian culture and world cinema.
My teaching philosophy, inspired by the Humanistic Approach, is ‘teaching people’ and to empower them to take responsibility for their learning in a global world.
Originally from Italy, and having studied and worked in Italy, Great Britain and the United States, my background is in two distinct fields: foreign language education and film studies.
I completed my Bachelor Honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bari in Italy and also studied for a Master's degree in European Film Studies and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I hold a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
My research interests are in Italian cinema, with a special focus on women filmmakers. In my work, I investigate representations of violence against women in film and media. I edited the volume Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) which was presented on CityLine, WCVB TV (ABC), Channel 5, Boston in May 2010. I also guest-edited the special issue ‘Cinematic Journeys of Italian Women Directors’ of Studies in European Cinema, 8: 2, 2011. I have published in refereed journals and in edited collections which are available for viewing here.
In 2011, I founded the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, published by Intellect Ltd., and currently serve as Principal Editor. In September 2014, the Venice Film Festival Authors’ Day, promoted by the Association of Italian Film Directors and Authors (ANAC), invited me to present two themed issues on the intersections between Italian and Chinese cinema. I was also invited by the Academy of Italian Cinema in April 2016 to represent the special issue celebrating the 60th anniversary (1956-2016) of the David of Donatello Awards at a ceremony held by Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace and at the Award Night with Sky broadcast in Rome. I will also present the journal at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Italian cinema section in May 2016, as well as at the 8th edition of the Italian Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea in October 2016.
I organized the international symposium Visions of Struggle: Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean at Wellesley College in 2007 and, in 2013, I organized the international conference of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) at the Université de Strasbourg. I am organizing with Catherine Ramsey-Portolano (American University of Rome) the international conference Innovations and Tensions in Italian Cinema and Media, scheduled to take place at AUR in October 2017.
At Wellesley College, I teach language and culture courses in the Department of Italian Studies. In the Cinema and Media Studies Program I teach Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies, Italian Women Directors, and Transnational Journeys in European Women’s Filmmaking.
I am a Faculty Fellow for the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, and in this capacity have served as member of the Admissions Committee and have established and supervised summer internships in Italy such as the Photo Library at the Vatican Museums (2012-2015), Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) in Amelia (2011-present), KitchenFilm Production Company in Rome (2012-present), and American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC) (2010-2012).
I serve as the Director of the Foreign Language Faculty Seminar at Wellesley College and organize continuing professional development programs. As a foreign language educator, I create instructional materials, design both teacher training and trainer development courses, and teach language professionals in Italy, England, and the United States. I am also active as a certified ACTFL OPI and WPT trainer, tester, certification consultant and coach for Italian, and I serve as an AP Italian Language and Culture Reviewer for the AP® Course Audit (APCA), which is undertaken, on behalf of the College Board, by the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC).
I acted as Resident Director of the Eastern College Consortium Program (E.C.Co.) for 2000-2001 in Siena and Bologna, and summers 2003 and 2006 in Lecce. I have also established and directed Winter Session study abroad program in Rome for the Italian Studies 202 intensive course every January.
I have been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, Birkbeck College-University of London, and the University of Bologna; as well as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlebury College and the American University of Rome.
I have served as a Review Committee member for the Italian Studies curricula at the American University in Rome; and for the Teacher Education Program and curricula of the Department of Foreign Languages and the Department of Latin and Classical Studies for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education at Brandeis University.