M.A. Italian Literature/language, UCLA, 6/1998
Ph.D. Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature, University of California - Los Angeles, 6/2007
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Ph.D. Department of Italian, UCLA. Dissertation filed in the fall of 2006. Degree to be awarded in 2007.
Dissertation Topic: Food, body, sins in the Church in medieval Italy; Christianity, medieval philosophy; Italian medieval "novelle" (from Boccaccio to mid XV century; female saints in XIII-XIV centuries Tuscany.
Other interests: WWI Italian literature; Renaissance cookery; XIX-XX Centuries Italian history, politics and numismatics.
Taught language at UCLA (Teaching assistant, 1996-2000); Pepperdine University (2000-2001); USC (French-Italian Department, 2001-present); Istituto Italiano di cultura (1997-2004).
New Courses Developed
IL SILENZIO CHE UCCIDE: MAFIA IN THE ITALIAN LITERATURE, FRENCH AND ITALIAN: ITAL. 320, STUDENTS WILL BE EXPOSED, THROUGH THE ANALYSIS OF A WIDE SELECTION OF LITERARY TEXTS AND FILMS, TO THE COMPLEX REALITY OF THE ITALIAN MAFIA, FROM ITS RISE TILL OUR DAYS.,
Service to the University
PARTICIPATED AS NTT SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE IN FRENCH & ITALIAN FACULTY MEETINGS.
MEMBER OF BASIC LANGUAGE COMMITTEE,
Member, Department of French and Italian:
NTT representative in departmental faculty meetings., 2008-2009