Graduate Students

Eleonora Carboni

Eleonora CarboniEleonora CarboniEleonora Carboni received her BA in Italian Literature and Linguistics from Università di Roma Tor Vergata in 2012, where she graduated summa cum laude with a thesis on the textbooks and the pedagogical methods used by the Italian school system during the first decades after the unification of the country (1861 – 1900 circa). She then received an MA in Linguistics from West Virginia University in 2015. Her major areas of interest include sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and first and second language acquisition. In 2017, she graduated with an MA in Italian Literature from University of Pittsburgh, with a thesis on the relationship between Julia Kristeva's theories on the powers of horror and Edmondo De Amicis' novel Cuore and Carlo Collodi's novel Le Avventure di Pinocchio. She also worked on the interrelation between the narrative of trauma and the use of the second language, particularly focusing on Holocaust Literature, and, more specifically, on Edith Bruck's novel Lettera Alla Madre. From 2013 to 2017, both during her studies at WVU and at University of Pittsburgh, she also worked as a teaching assistant for the Italian program.

Sara Colantuono

Sara ColantuonoSara Colantuono

Sara holds a BA in Lettere Moderne from University of Pavia, with a thesis on Vittorio Sereni, and an MA from the University of Milan (2015), with a concentration in Comparative Literature. She wrote her Master’s thesis on Francis Ponge and experimental Italian poetry (poesia di ricerca). In 2016 she participated to the  Erasmus Traineeship Program, and she moved to Martinique, where she taught English in a public middle school. She then worked as an editorial assistant in an independent publishing company in Milan. She is interested in the borderline Italian literature represented by the avant-garde and post-avant-garde movements (especially the Novissimi and the Gruppo 63), and she is looking for any appearance of the same revolutionary opposition to the traditional dogma of Poetry as a strict genre in contemporary Italian poetry.

Valeria Federici 

Valeria FedericiValeria Federici

Valeria Federici is a fifth year PhD candidate in Italian Studies as well as a MA student in History of Art and Architecture through the Brown Open Graduate Education program. She graduated in Lettere with a concentration in History of Art from the Università Roma Tre in Rome, Italy. In 2015, she co-organized Chiasmi, the Brown-Harvard graduate student conference. In 2016, with the collaboration of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University, she completed a digital interface that investigates the relationships between the Garibaldi Panorama (a painting, two hundred sixty feet in length, which has been digitized at Brown University) and the visual and textual materials collected in the Harvard Risorgimento Preservation Collection.She recently published a chapter titled “Television and cinema: Contradictory role models for women in 1950s Italy?” as part of the volume Representations of Female Identity in Italy: From Neoclassicism to the 21st Century (Cambridge Scholars Publishing.) In 2017, she was awarded the Brown in the World Travel Grant from the Cogut Center for the Humanities and a Travel Fellowship from the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, NY that helped her to spend time in Italy to conduct archival research related to her dissertation. In her interdisciplinary PhD thesis project titled, “Network culture in Italy in the 1990s and the making of a place for art and activism,” she explores the use of information technologies by artists and art collectives operating out of social centers, self-regulated sites of sociality located in and around Italian urban areas.

Zoe Langer

Zoe LangerZoe LangerZoe Langer is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at Brown University. Her research interests include medieval poetry, the history of authorship and reading, early modern book illustration, and the relationship between literature and cartography. She is currently a fellow at the John Hay Special Collections Library where she is organizing an exhibition on Dante’s reception in early modern scientific culture, entitled “The Poetry of Science: Dante’s Comedy and the Crafting of a Cosmos.” Drawing on the disciplines of book history, visual studies, and reception theory, her dissertation, “Making a Modern Classic: Authoring Dante’s Commedia in Early Modern Print,” shows how the poem’s visual presentation in printed editions yields new insights into the history of reading the Commedia from 1500 to 1800.  Zoe completed her BA in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley and received her MPhil in Literature at the University of Cambridge. She has been awarded fellowships from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Medici Archive Project, and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Leonora Masini

Leonora MasiniLeonora MasiniLeonora​ ​is​ ​working​ ​on​ ​theorizing​ ​temporal-images​ ​in​ ​modern​ ​Italian​ ​poetry. ​She​ ​has​ ​been​ ​developing​ ​her​ ​line​ ​of research​ ​after​ ​receiving​ ​her​ ​Master​ ​from​ ​the​ ​University For Foreigners of Siena​ ​with​ ​a​ ​thesis entitle​d ​"​Modern​ ​Times.​ ​Bergson,​ ​Benjamin​ ​and​ ​T.S.​ ​Eliot​". In​ ​January​ ​2014, ​ ​she​ ​published​ a​ ​book​ ​review of Linda Bertelli's Immagini senza quadro in the journal Allegoria -  "Esperienza e Rappresentazione nelle opere di Henri Bergson" (Mimesis, 2014)​. She is now a First-Year PhD student at​ ​Brown,​ where ​she​ ​is​ ​expanding​ ​the​ ​focus​ ​of​ ​her​ ​research​ ​to​ ​include​ ​​Art​ ​and​ ​Architecture,​ ​Visual​ ​Arts,​ ​Digital Humanities​ ​and​ ​Cognitive​ ​Sciences​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​multiple​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​temporal-images.​ ​One of her goals is to develop a pedagogy of modern Italian poetry focused on temporal-images. Prior​ ​to​ ​beginning​ ​her PhD​ ​at​ ​Brown,​ ​Leonora​ ​worked​ ​as​ ​Visiting​ ​International​ ​Scholar​ ​at​ ​Dickinson​ ​College​ ​in​ ​Carlisle​ ​PA, where​ ​for​ ​two years​ ​she​ ​taught​ ​Italian​ ​Language​ ​and​ ​Culture​ ​to​ ​First​ ​Year​ ​students​ ​and​ ​served​ ​as​ ​a​ ​TA​ ​in​ ​classes​ ​of advanced​ ​students.​ ​

Tommaso Pepe 

Tommaso PepeTommaso PepeTommaso graduated from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2013, defending a thesis on work of the Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. During his graduate studies in Europe, he has spent several periods as visiting student at the Trinity College Dublin (September - December 2010) and at the University of Cambridge (2011-2012). In 2013-2014, he joined Florida State University, where he has been a teaching assistant for the Italian program. In the first half of 2014, he completed his European Voluntary Service in Ghent, Belgium, working in a structure for the care of severely handicapped people. Tommaso joined the Italian program at Brown in the fall of 2015. His research interest converge on the study of the literary and cultural impact of the Holocaust in the Italian and European context. To this regard, he has published scholarly essays in journals such as Testo, Carte Italiane, Italianistica and Il confronto letterario, and given presentation at conferences in Atlanta, Edinburgh, Zurich, Innsbruck, Palermo and London. In his doctorate research, Tommaso will concentrate on a comparative and contrastive analysis of the Holocaust narrative elaborated by different survivors of the Shoah, including Primo Levi, Jean Améry, Elie Wisel and Robert Antelme.

Daniel RietzeDaniel RietzeDaniel Rietze 

Daniel graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a BA in Italian and English and a certificate in Education Studies. The interdisciplinary nature of his undergraduate track enabled him to study literature across national borders: he has written extensively about Dante’s influence on Ralph Ellison and Nigerian author Ben Okri’s contribution to the genre of marvelous realism, in addition to completing a thesis on social exclusion in Giorgio Bassani’s Romanzo di Ferrara. Historically animated by the literary theme of place—by humans’ ties to their lands and cities and by the tension that emerges when individuals’ personal geographic identity comes at odds with changing public landscapes—, Daniel’s work has increasingly come to focus on modern religious thought. He is interested in Italian and Spanish Catholicism, mysticism and magical realism, the relationship between literature and religion, and the processes by which religious belief is made local, passing from a central ecclesiastical authority into believers’ homes and imaginations. Before coming to Brown, Daniel spent two summers teaching humanities courses in an academic enrichment program for public middle school students in Minneapolis. He also designed a curriculum to introduce LGBTQ literature to sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders.

Anna Santucci 

Anna SantucciAnna SantucciAnna Santucci holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Padua (Italy) and an MA in English Literature from the University of Nottingham (UK). As one of the select members of Brown's Open Graduate Education Program, Anna earned an MA in Theater Arts and Performance Studies (2016) while also being a PhD candidate in Italian Studies. Anna has served for several years as a Teaching Consultant at the Brown University Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and she co-organized the 2016 edition of Chiasmi (Brown-Harvard Graduate Conference of Italian). Anna has presented, published and collaborated on various projects on Italian theater and on foreign language and culture pedagogy; her interests include second language acquisition, theater, performance studies, translation, and adaptation and appropriation issues. In 2016-2017 Anna was Visiting International Scholar at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), where she taught theater-based courses of Italian Studies. She is currently teaching at Brown and working towards completing her doctoral dissertation project, which focuses on the intersections between performance and second language acquisition and on the design of courses that integrate the theater arts and the teaching of foreign language and culture.

Andrea Sartori 

Andrea SartoriAndrea Sartori

Andrea Sartori is PhD Fellow in Italian Studies at Brown University. He earned a laurea in Philosophy from Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, 1999), an MA in Digital Humanities from the State University in Milan (2000) and – after having worked as a communication manager, freelance journalist and publishing consultant – an MA in Italian Studies from Florida State University (Tallahassee, 2015). In 1995 he was a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grant holder at the Ludwig-Albert Universitaet of Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany). He has published book chapters on the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel and on the Italian writer Antonio Barolini (1910-1971), as well as articles on critical theory for reviews like La società degli individui, Teoria, Quaderni di teoria sociale, Fenomenologia e società. He has also published articles and reviews on Luigi Pirandello, gender studies, antisemitism and 21 st century Italian literature for journals like Italica, Altrelettere, Annali d’Italianistica, Italian Quarterly, Il Ponte. He has presented at conferences in United States, Canada and Switzerland. He is author of a novel, Scompenso (Exòrma, 2010), finalist at the Perelà Book Award (Florence, 2012) and in the ranking of the Dedalus Prize (Pordenone, 2011). He has co-edited and translated the Italian version (Mimesis, 2013) of Terry Pinkard’s book Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Francesca Zambon

Francesca ZambonFrancesca ZambonFrancesca Zambon is a Ph.D. student in Italian Studies at Brown University. She holds a BA in Lettere Moderne from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with a thesis in the field of Comparative Literature, and a MA from the University of Bologna (2016), where she specialized in the study of twentieth century neo avant-garde poetry, with a specific interest in the figure of Edoardo Sanguineti. She holds a certificate of the Collegio Superiore di Bologna, the interdisciplinary, fully funded school of Excellence of the University. In 2012 she attended the Ca’Foscari-Harvard Summer School in Venice. During 2013 she was in Boston as a delegate for HNMUN (Harvard National Model United Nation) in the World Health Organization Committee and she then started an Overseas exchange program, becoming a teaching assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University (Atlanta). Her research concerns the collapse in the linearity of language and in the regularity of prosody, along with the historical, artistic and social features of twentieth century avant-gardes, with a particular interest in Modernism and in the Italian Neo-Avant-Garde movement.