Recent Ph.D.’s - Dissertations and Placements

  • Patrick Waldron, Ph.D. 2016

    ·         Dissertation: “Al Dolor Fenestra: Voice and Complicity in Dante’s Inferno”

    Eleonora Buonocore, Ph.D. 2016

    ·         Dissertation: “Ciphers of Remembrance and Fluidity of Oblivion: A Study of Memory in Dante”
              Currently: Visiting Faculty Fellow, Colby College

    Simona Lorenzini, Ph.D. 2016

    ·         Dissertation: “Questioning the Utopian Myth in Renaissance Pastoral Drama: From Politian to Guarini”
              Currently: Lector, Department of Italian, Yale University

    Rachael Streeter, Ph.D. 2016

    ·         Dissertation: “Musical Theater and Baroguw Poetics in Giambattista Marino’s Adone”
              Currently: History Teacher at Pacifica Christian High School

    Giulia Cardillo, Ph.D. 2015

    ·         Dissertation: “The Question of Prophecy in Dante’s Commedia”
              Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

    Taylor Papallo, Ph.D. 2015

    ·         Dissertation: “Green Scenes: Shades of Postwar Italian Cultural Ecology”
              Currently: Senior Admissions Consultant at Spark Admissions 

    Carol Chiodo, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “Dante’s Poetry: Between Technology and Transcendence”
              Currently: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University

    Alexia Ferracuti, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “The Art of Ambiguity: Mirrors, Mimesis, and Metamorphosis in Italian Renaissance Comedy”
              Currently: Assistant Director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs at Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning

    Stanley Levers, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “Harmony and Letter: The Vicissitudes of Literal Meaning”
              Currently:  Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

    Michael Meadows, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “Visible Cities: The Production and Perception of Urban Modernity and Regional Identity in Italian Cinema from
              Fascism to the Economic Miracle”
              Currently:  World Languages Department Chair and Teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools

    Griffin Oleynick, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “Dante’s Franciscan Way: The Poetry of Poverty in the Divine Comedy”
              Currently: Visiting Fellow, Yale Divinity School

    Siobhan Quinlan, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “Visible Speech” in Alessandro Manzoni’s I, Promessi Sposi”

    Francesco Rabissi, Ph.D. 2014

    ·         Dissertation: “Realismo Visionario” Nel Nuovo Cinema d’Impegno Italiano”
              Currently:  Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona

    Maria Clara Iglesias Rondina, Ph.D. 2013

    ·         Dissertation:” The Trinitarian Language of the Soul: Dante’s Theological Virtues and the Ethical Self”
              Currently: Scholar, Author and Illustrator –

    Christopher Nixon, Ph.D. 2013

    ·         Dissertation:” Utopian and Pedagogical Currents in the Thoughts of Giambattista Vico”

    Mattia Acetoso, Ph.D. 2012

    ·         Dissertation: “In Two Voices: Opera, Melodrama and Music in Umberto Sabo and Eugenio Montale”
              Currently:  Assistant Professor of Italian, Boston College

    Kenise Lyons, Ph.D. 2012

    ·         Dissertation: “The Art of Writing with Light: The Photographic Presence in Italian Film, 1948-1978”
              Currently:  Prince George’s County Public Schools

    Diego Bertelli, Ph.D. 2011

    ·         Dissertation: “Al fonda della scrittura”
              Currently:  Advanced Lecturer, University of Kansas

    Andrea Moudarres, Ph.D. 2011

    ·         Dissertation: “The Mirror of the Enemy: Boundaries of Power in the Italian Renaissance”
              Currently:  Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles

    James K. Coleman, Ph.D. 2010

    ·         Dissertation: “Orphic Poetics and the Intellectual Life of Lorenzo dé Medici’s Circle”
              Currently:  Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

    Daniel Leisawitz, Ph.D. 2010

    ·         Dissertation: “Rebirth on the Screen: Representations of the Renaissance in Italian Cinema”
              Currently: Lecturer, Italian; Muhlenberg College

    Christina Purdy Moudarres, Ph.D. 2010

    ·         Dissertation: “A Sacred Banquet: Medicine and Theology in Dante’s Inferno
              Currently:  Assistant Professor, Yale University

    Barbara Garbin, Ph.D. 2009

    ·       Dissertation: “Gender and Genre.  Women Writers in Fascist Italy: Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, Anna Maria Ortese, Paola Masino”

    Erin McCarthy-King, Ph.D. 2009

    ·         Dissertation: “The Columbus-Language Nexus: The Influence of the New World Discovery on the questione della lingua, the
              perception of the ancients, and the rhetoric about grammar”

              Currently:  Faculty, Quinnipiac University.

    Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. 2009

    ·         Dissertation: “Clement Rebora:  Mosaic of a Poet and Christian”
              Currently:  Director of International Programs & Education Abroad, Assistant Professor, Kent State University

    Maria Derlipanska, Ph.D. 2008

    ·         Dissertation: “Perceptions and Reception of the Arab in the Italian Literary Canon of Trecento and Quattrocento Florence”
              Currently: Associate Director Admission, School of Management, Yale University

    Giuseppe Gazzola, Ph.D. 2008

    ·         Dissertation: “The Literature of History”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

    Filippo Naitana, Ph.D. 2008

    ·         Dissertation: “Dante and the Question of Happiness”
              Currently: Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Quinnipiac University

    Lisa Wozniak-Vitale, Ph.D. 2008

    ·         Dissertation: “Creating the Identity of Catherine of Siena from Medieval Secular and Religious Literature”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

    Erin Larkin, Ph.D. 2007

    ·       Dissertation: “Il Mio Futurismo’: Appropriation, Dissent, and the ‘Questione della donna’ in the works of
            the women of Italian Futurism”
            Currently:  Associate Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

    Roberta Francesca Seaman, Ph.D. 2007

    ·         Dissertation: “La poesia della perdita, Passione, storia e malattia nella scrittura di Dino Campana”
              Currently:  Associate Professor of Modern Languages (French and Italian), DePauw University

    Claudia Chierichini, Ph.D. 2006

    ·         Dissertation: “Rude Mechanicals in Sixteenth-Century Siena: the Congrega dei Rozzi, 1531-1552”
              Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

    Alfredo Troiano, Ph.D. 2006

    ·         Dissertation: “Il laudario di S. Maria della Morte di Bologna. Il ms 1069 della Yale Beinecke Library”
              Currently:  Researcher, University of Bologna

    Antonella Valoroso, Ph.D. 2006

    ·         Dissertation: “La scena della memoria: l’autobiografia ‘mondiale’ di Adelaide Ristori”
              Currently:  Lecturer, The Umbra Institute, Perugia

    Amerigo Fabbri, Ph.D. 2004

    ·         Dissertation: “Heroism and Mythopoiesis: Values of the Futurist Art-Life”

    Bernardo Picichè, Ph.D. 2004

    ·         Dissertation: “Splendor and Misery of a Gentleman Bourgeois in the Viceroyship of Sicily”
              Currently: Associate Professor and Director of Italian Center of Italian and Mediterranean Studies, Virginia Commonwealth

    Alessandro Polcri, Ph.D. 2004

    ·         Dissertation: “Allegory and Ethics in the Chivalric Poems of the Italian Renaissance”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Fordham University

    Paola Gambarota, Ph.D. 2003

    ·         Dissertation: “A Constructed Genius: Language, Culture, A Nation in Italy (1740-1830)”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Rutgers University

    Jason Houston, Ph.D. 2003

    ·         Dissertation: “Boccaccio Dantista”
              Currently:  Director, Gonzaga in Florence, Associate Professor, Oklahoma University

    D. Scott Surrency, Ph.D. 2003

    ·         Dissertation: “Between Private Faith and Public Witness: Girolamo Savonarola and the Making of Sacred Space”
              Currently: Solemnly Professed Friar of the Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary

    Federico Schneider, Ph.D. 2002

    ·         Dissertation: “The Healing Agenda in Battista Guarini’s Pastor Fido: The Pastoral as a Musical Pharmakon for the Heartbroken”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, University of Mary Washington

    Nefeli Misuraca, Ph.D. 2001

    ·         Dissertation: “Rara si  è scissa chiarità da naturale tenebra”
              Currently:  Life Coach, the Global Hamlet, Film Editor

    Marcello Simonetta, Ph.D. 2001

    ·         Dissertation: “Rinascimento segreto e umanesimo curiale: il mondo del segretario da Petrarca a Machiavelli
              Currently: College & University in Paris, France

    Maria Truglio, Ph.D. 2001

    ·         Dissertation: “Beyond the Family Romance: The Uncanny Poetry of Giovanni Pascoli”
              Currently:  Associate Professor of Italian, Pennsylvania State University

    Laura Harwood Wittman, Ph.D. 2001

    ·         Dissertation: “Mystics without God: Spirituality and Form in Italian and French Modernism”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Stanford University

    Hillary Lieberman, Ph.D. 2000

    ·         Dissertation: Poetry, Painting and Politics: Epic Ekphrasis in Virgil, Dante, Boiardo, Ariosto, Tasso and Campanella
              Currently: Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, Barnard College

    Joseph Luzzi, Ph.D. 2000

    ·         Dissertation: “Heirs of a Dark Wood: European Romantic Identity and the Question of Dante”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Bard College

    David Noravian, Ph.D. 2000

    ·         Dissertation: “A stylistic analysis of Torquato Tasso’s and Critical Prose”
              Currently: Director, CB Richard Ellis

    Stefano Baldassarri, Ph.D. 1999

    ·         Dissertation: “Mythography and Rhetoric of Florentine Humanism”
              Currently:  The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence

    Sherry Roush, Ph.D. 1999

    ·         Dissertation: “Renaissance Modes of Italian Poetic Self-Commentary”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University

    Arielle Saiber, Ph.D. 1999

    ·         Dissertation: “Giodano Bruno’s Geometry of Language”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Bowdoin College

    Massimo Scalabrini, Ph.D. 1998

    ·         Dissertation: “Verbum incarnatum: Folengo e la tradizione macaronica”
              Currently:  Associate Professor, Indiana University

    Gregory Trone, Ph.D. 1998

    ·         Dissertation: Dante’s Poetics of Sacrifice: Violence and the Limits of Prophecy
             Currently:  Charles Stewart Mott Foundation