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Anna Aresi, PhD 2016
Anna Aresi graduated summa cum laude from the University of Padua, Italy, in Classics and Italian Literature and Philology. She received her Ph.D. degree with a dissertation entitled Modernism through Dante: T. S. Eliot, Clemente Rebora, and Osip Mandelstam in May 2016. Her dissertation explores the reception of Dante in European modernism, focusing on how the reception of Dante influenced modernist poetics. Anna’s areas of interest include: Dante Studies, Italian Modern and Contemporary Literature, Italian and European Modernism, Reception and Translation Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Contemplative Pedagogy. She is the director of the "Poetry in Translation" section of the journal Mosaici ( To view Anna's research profile, please visit: To view Anna's Online Teaching Portfolio, please visit: (password upon request).



Francesco Borghesi, PhD 2004. 
Francesco Borghesi is currently Senior Lecturer of Italian at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. Among his recent publications, he co-edited (with Michael Papio, Ph.D. 1998, and Massimo Riva) the Cambridge U.P. edition of G. Pico della Mirandola, On Human Dignity, published in 2012.

Elena Daniele, PhD 2014
Originally from Padova, Elena Daniele studied cultural anthropology and ethnology at La Sapienza University in Rome and graduated in 2005 after completing field work in the Amazon forest. She then received a M.A. in Italian teaching methodology from Università per Stranieri di Perugia in 2006. At Brown, she completed her dissertation, entitled "Representations of American Cannibalism in Early Modern Travel Literature" and received her Ph.D. at the 2014 commencement. Her research interest lie at the intersection of literature, anthropology, history, and the practices of ethnographic writing; her teaching experience includes Italian instruction at Brown University, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, and Ateneo Salesiano in Rome. She was the recepient of the John Carter Brown Library Stuart Fellowship for the academic year 2012-2013. She was the co-curator, with K. Dian Kriz (History of Art and Architecture),  of the JCB Library’s Fall 2013 Exhibition in conjuction with the conference entitled "Sugar and Beyond” (October 25-26, 2013), and focused on sugar in the early modern period, especially its bibliographical and visual legacies. She is currently teaching at Tulane University.

Lianca Carlesi
Lianca CarlesiLianca CarlesiLianca Carlesi Ph.D. 2017, 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 focused on Cesare Pavese, especially on the last years of his literary and intellectual activity.

Wuming Chang

Wuming ChangWuming ChangWuming Chang, PhD 2017, wrote his dissertation on Rhetoric as Imitation of the City and the Cosmos in Dante's Comedy, where he examined 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.

Simone Castaldi, PhD 2002, Associate Professor, Hofstra University

Dr. Simone castaldi yo translate new series of "Corto Maltese" comics for the english reader.

Amanda Minervini, PhD 2012. 
Amanda Minervini currently teaches Italian and German language and culture at Salem State University. Her research interests are focused on the interaction of politics and religion, in particular on the representations of St. Francis of Assisi during Italian Fascism. With the aim to foster the dialogue between academic worlds, she has been translating political theory texts by Wendy Brown, Giorgio Agamben and Carlo Galli for Italian and Anglo-American audiences. She recently started working on contemporary political documentaries about Italy and her essay "Uccidete la democrazia e Girlfriend in a Coma: il nuovo documentario politico sull'Italia" is forthcoming in Hope, William, Luciana D'Arcangeli, and Silvana Serra. Un nuovo cinema politico italiano? Vol 2

Mauro Resmini, PhD 2014.
Mauro Resmini received his BA in Media Studies from the Department of Political Science at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (Italy) in 2003; then he received his MA (laurea magistralis summa cum laude) in Theory and Techniques of Media Communication – with a specific focus on film theory – from the Department of Literature and Philosophy at the same university in 2006, with a dissertation about the role of the face in contemporary post-noir cinema. After graduation, he worked as a journalist and film critic, and he pursued his collaboration with the academia as a teaching assistant at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore for the “Film Semiology” and “History and Critique of Cinema” classes. He is also one of the contributors of “Segnocinema”, a review of cinema and film studies, for which he wrote various essays since 2005. At Brown, he is completed a special PhD program in Visual Studies, sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies and the Department of Modern Culture and Media. His research interests include film theory, semiotics, psychoanalysis, contemporary American and Italian cinema, digital cinema and comics. He is currently living and teaching in Washington, D.C.

Film Sound in ItalyFilm Sound in Italy

Antonella Sisto, Ph.D., 2011

Film Sound in Italy. Listening to the Screen, Palgrave-McMillan, 2014

Considering films as audio-visual creations opens new inroads into the cultural practice, politics, and aesthetics of the soundtrack. This book is critical and trans-disciplinary engagement with cinema in Italy that examines the national archive of film based on sound ...

Vika and NicoVika and Nico

Vika Zafrin PhD 2007. After completing her Ph. in Humanities Computing, Vika took a step sideways and is now Institutional Repository Librarian at Boston University. She helps researchers understand the implications of open access in the academic setting, and manages BU's institutional repository OpenBU. She also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. When not at work or conferences, she cooks up a storm, spends time with friends and family, and horses around with her toddler Nico.