Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

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

Daniela Bartalesi-Graf is Senior 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 teaching and learning with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)., 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

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

Voci dal Sud: A Journey to Southern Italy with Carlo Levi and His Christ Stopped at Eboli (Now available as an Open Education Resource.), at the advanced level.

Caleidoscopio (Now available as an Open Education Resource), at the intermediate level, with co-author Colleen Ryan, Associate Professor of Italian at Indiana University.

She is the creator of the following four MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) currently hosted on the edX platform:

Italian Language and Culture (Beginner)

Italian Language and Culture (Intermediate)

Italian Language and Culture (Advanced)

AP® Italian Language and Culture

Click here to find out more about our online Italian program.

These courses employ a “self-study” method, are open to the entire world at no cost, and have attracted over 100,000 learners from 188 different countries.

Watch a program by RAI Italia on our online courses (broadcast on 11/16/2017)


  • B.A., Harvard University Extension School
  • M.A., Tufts University