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Curriculum Vitae 


University of Texas, Austin
Sept. 2009- present
PhD in Italian Studies

University of Pittsburgh
Sept. 2006 - May 2008
M.A. in Italian Language and Literature        

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italia
Oct. 1994 -June 2000      Facoltà di Lettere 
California State University, Chico 
B.A.  Humanities (Dec. 1993)
Minor in Italian Language.   

Centro per Stranieri dell'Università di Firenze, Italia - Jan.-June 1992           

Centro Linguistico Italiano, Dante Alighieri- Firenze, Italia
-  Sept.-Dec.  1991                    

Papers/ Colloquia  

April  2012        "Intertextual Narrative and Theatricality in Leonardo's Last Supper"  The Faculty and     
                            Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Texas, Austin, TX  April 25, 2012

March 2011   "Laura Battiferri and Florentine Literary Tradition." The American Association for Italian                                   Studies Annual Conference, University of Pittsburgh, PA, April 7-10, 2011.

Awards & Activities

2012/13  UT Austin, Continuing Fellowship

2012        UT Austin, Dept. of French and Italian - Innovative contributions award

2011        Daniela Bini Excellence in Italian Studies Scholarship

2010       UT Austin, Departmental Teaching Award

1991        Recipient of the Rotary International Foundation Ambassador of Goodwill Scholarship

1990       Gamma Kappa Alpha - Italian Honor Society

Courses Taught

Work Experience

University of Texas, Austin  - Italian Language Instructor
Aug. 2009- present

University of Pittsburgh - Italian Language Instructor
Aug 2006- May 2009

Community College of Allegheny County - Italian Language Instructor
Jan-May 2009

Abbey Road Programs -  Program Coordinator, Florence
2007;  2010

College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast campus - Language instructor
May/June 2006

Accademia Europea di Firenze - Scuola di Lingua, Musica, Arte & Cultura - Italy
Dec. 2004 -  Nov 2005

"...e con il cielo stellato sopra di noi" - Tuscan Cultural Association  & Editor         
Dec. 2004 -  Nov 2005 

Kent State University - Fashion Program in Florence
2003, 2004, 2005
Instructor for the pre-semester historical background module

Istituto Europeo- Florence,  Italy
Jan. 2002 - Aug. 2003             
Study Abroad Program Coordinator /Registrar 
Lorenzo de’Medici Institute- Florence, Italy
Sept. 1994-Dec. 2001        
Student Adviser & Program Coordinator for the College Consortium of International Studies
(CCIS) study-abroad program. 
Freelance Translator-  Florence, Italy 1994-present   

Tour Guide-  Florence, Italy

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