Graduate Students

Lianca Carlesi
Lianca CarlesiLianca CarlesiLianca Carlesi (Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies) graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bologna where she earned a Master Degree in Contemporary Italian Literature with a thesis on a comparative reading of a selection of Italian Resistance novels. She started her Ph.D. at Brown in 2010, and she is currently in her fellowship year. At Brown she taught beginning and intermediate level Italian courses, she was a TA for an Italian culture course, and she organized the 2014 edition of Chiasmi, the Brown-Harvard Graduate Student Conference. Her main interest is Twentieth Century Italian literature, with particular regard to postwar and Resistance literature. Her dissertation project focuses on Cesare Pavese, especially on the last years of his literary and intellectual activity.

Wuming Chang

Wuming ChangWuming ChangWuming Chang is writing his dissertation on Rhetoric as Imitation of the City and the Cosmos in Dante's Comedy, where he examines the intertexual relationship between rhetorical texts (manuals, political epistles, orations) and Dante's poem, especially in its cosmological passages.  His interests center on the relationship between Dante and aspects of Medieval Latin culture, such as political rhetoric, philosophy, and the reception of classics.  Wuming was born in Beijing, where he received a B.A. in philosophy at Peking University and also acted extensively.  In his free time he enjoys all kinds of music, theatre and poetry, and stutteringly debates social and philosophical issues with friends.

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 FedericiValeria Federici is a fourth 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 her thesis, she explored the role of local and central government in controlling the cultural representation through the Museo Artistico Industriale and through initiatives such as the Universal Exposition held in Rome in 1911 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the unification of the Italian kingdom. She has participated in several guest lectures and roundtables about arts management, art and activism, and the role of cultural institutions in place-making and community-building in post-industrial cities. Her recent research projects include a study of the representation of women in Italian TV and cinema in the 1950s that will be published in the volume Female Identity and Its Representations in the Arts and Humanities: Neoclassic to Twenty-first Century (Cambridge Scholars), and an investigation over the possibilities of writing on the digital archive through information technology. 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. In 2015, she co-organized Chiasmi, the Brown-Harvard graduate student conference. Her interdisciplinary PhD thesis project 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 Langer

Zoe Langer received her BA in Art History and Italian Studies at UC Berkeley in 2009. She also studied at the University of Padova in 2007-2008, during which she received a research fellowship to study at the state archives in Siena. She then pursued graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where she received an MPhil in European Literature and Culture in 2010. Her thesis, “Constructing a Vernacular Politics in the Sala dei Nove in Siena: Art, Language, and Ideology,” examined medieval political culture in Siena through the lens of literature, art history, politics, and linguistics. Zoe’s interests include text and image studies, vernacular literary culture, translation and reception theory, the history of the Italian language, and medieval political culture.

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.

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 (May 2016) while also being a PhD candidate in Italian Studies; her doctoral dissertation project 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. 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 the teaching of foreign language and culture; her interests include second language acquisition, theater, performance studies, translation, and adaptation and appropriation issues. She is currently Visiting International Scholar at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), where she is teaching theater-based courses of Italian Studies.

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