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Full-time Faculty

Hermann W. HallerHermann W. Haller is Professor of Italian at Queens College and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Bern, after studying Romance Philology, Italian and French language and literature at the Universities of Bern, Florence, Paris. He is the author of Der deiktische Gebrauch des Demonstrativums im Altitalienischen (1973), Il Panfilo veneziano. Edizione critica con introduzione e glossario (1982), The Hidden Italy. A Bilingual Edition of Italian Dialect Poetry (1986), Una lingua perduta e ritrovata: l'italiano degli italo-americani (1993), The Other Italy: the literary canon in dialect (1999), La Festa delle Lingue. La Letteratura dialettale in Italia (2002), Tra Napoli e New York. Le macchiette italoamericane di Eduardo Migliaccio (2006), the critical edition of John Florio's A Worlde of Wordes (2013), and of more than one hundred articles, book chapters, and reviews. His research interests are mainly in Italian linguistics, the relations between language and literature, Italian dialect literature. He was a NEH fellow (1994-95), and received the International Dino Campana Award (1990) and the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione MLA Publication Award (1998). He was elected in 2006 as a Member of the Accademia della Crusca (Socio Corrispondente Straniero).

Eugenia Paulicelli

Eugenia Paulicelli
Eugenia Paulicelli, Professor
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

As well as being an Italianist and Professor of Women's Studies, Eugenia Paulicelli is an expert on the theory and history of fashion. She has created and also directs the first academic program on the interdisciplinary study of fashion, its cultures, history and industry, which is based at the CUNY Graduate Center, located in the B. Altman department store (Fashion in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies). She is also a member of the Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center. (PhD/MA in Comparative Literature Bio). Her interests are in literature and writing; gender studies; the history of women; the relationship between fashion, cities and media; nation building; cultural identities, technologies and bodies in process.

She has curated and co-curated the exhibitions "The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization," held at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College in the spring of 2006 and at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco in spring 2008; and "Fashion + Film: The 1960s Revisited" held at the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center in spring 2010. She has lectured in US, Europe and Asia; has been Guest Professor at The University of Stockholm in the PhD program of "Fashion Studies;" and awarded the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship at the University of Bristol (UK) in spring 2013. In fall 2013 along with other Queens College faculty members she received an award to organize "The Year of Italy," a program of cultural events and lectures about Italy that is scheduled in the 2018-19 academic year as part of Queens College's annual cultural Initiative dedicated each year to a different nation and its culture. Over the years, her research and publications have received the support of several PCS-CUNY Research Awards. She is the Italian MA advisor and also a columnist for the online Italian newspaper La Voce di New York.

Her most recent book is Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy. From Sprezzatura to Satire, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014,

She has also published:
Italian Style. Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age. London: Bloomsbury Academics, forthcoming in 2015

1960. Un anno in Italia tra Cultura e Spettacolo, Cesena: Il Ponte Vecchio, 2010 (co-ed. with Antonio Maraldi);

The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization, London and New York: Routledge, 2008 (co-ed. with Hazel Clark)

Moda e Moderno. Dal Medioevo al Rinascimento (Fashion and Modernity from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), Rome: Meltemi, 2006 (ed.)

Fashion under Fascism. Beyond the Black Shirt, Oxford & New York: Berg, 2004; (Italian Translation: Moda italiana nel Ventennio Fascista, Milan: Deleyva Editore, forthcoming in 2014)

Parola e Immagine. Sentieri della scrittura in Leonardo, Marino, Foscolo, Calvino, Florence: Edizioni Cadmo, 1996

Dimore (Poems), Ragusa: Libro Italiano, 1996

Lo spreco dei significanti: L'Eros, la morte, la scrittura, Bari: Adriatica, 1983 (Co-author with Augusto Ponzio and Mariagrazia Tundo).

She is also editor and co-editor of volumes published by the following journals:

Women's Studies Quarterly, (WSQ) special issue dedicated to Fashion, CUNY Feminist Press, June 2013: CUNY Press (co-ed. with Elizabeth Wissinger)

Journal of Modern Italian Studies, special issue dedicated to Italian Fashion: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (forthcoming in 2015).

For more information about her publications see: Academia (Bio).

Karina Feliciano AttarKarina Feliciano Attar is Assistant Professor of Italian. She received her BA in Italian and Russian from Cambridge University in 1994. After graduation, she worked in the editorial division of the Hutchinson imprint of Random House, UK, and then moved to New York to enter the graduate program in Italian Studies at Columbia University (PhD, 2005). Currently, she teaches undergraduate level language and literature courses, as well as graduate level courses at Queens College, and serves as the undergraduate advisor for Italian and as coordinator of the Italian language program. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Scandalous Liaisons: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Italian Novella and has published articles on novellas by Salernitano, Fortini, and Giraldi.

Morrena Corradi

Morena Corradi is Assistant Professor of Italian at Queens College. She holds a Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna, a MA in Italian from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Italian Studies from Brown University. Her research interests are 19th-century fantastic literature and theory, nationalism, cultural studies (with reference to Post-Unification Italy in particular), narrative theory. She is author of "Staging the Uncanny. Phantasmagoria in Post-Unification Italy" in Image and Narrative (forthcoming). She is currently working on a monograph on the role and outcomes of the fantastic language, in fiction and non-fiction, published in the journals of the Italian avant-garde movement Scapigliatura. Her teaching areas include the modern Italian novel, 19th and 20th century fantastic literature, contemporary Italian culture and society, national identity issues.

Tiberio Snaidero Attar

Tiberio Snaidero is a "Lettore" sent by the Italian Government. His research interests are Teaching and Learning of Italian as a Foreign Language, Culture Pedagogy and Intercultural Communication. He has published several articles and essays on these topics. His teaching areas at Queens College include Italian language classes at different levels. He holds a Laurea in Italian Philology from the University of Trieste, an MA in Italian Pedagogy from the University of Venezia, and a PhD in Italienische Philologie from the Freie Universität zu Berlin.

Tiberio Snaidero AttarAnthony Julian Tamburri is Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute and, since 1990, has migrated between Italian and Comparative Studies. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-founder of Bordighera Press, and past president of the Italian American Studies Association and the American Association of Teachers of Italian. He is the author of more than a dozen books, which include: Semiotics of Re-reading: Guido Gozzano, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Italo Calvino (2003); Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie (2007); Una semiotica dell'etnicità: nuove segnalature per la scrittura italiano/americana (2010); Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011); and Re-reading Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Literature and Criticism (2013). He is also the executive producer of Italics, The Italian American TV Magazine, produced in collaboration with CUNY TV. In 2000, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University; and in 2010, Italy conferred on him the honor of Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.



Adjunct Faculty

Matilde Fogliani


Office: Queens Hall 205
Phone: 718-997-5983

Matilde Fogliani is a 2017 PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, Italian Specialization, at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She graduated from Ca' Foscari University (Venice) where she got her BA in Modern and Contemporary Western Languages and Literatures (2009) and MA in European, American and Postcolonial Languages and Literatures (2011).

She is interested in Irish Literature, Renaissance and 20th century literature and folklore both in Italy and Ireland. She is the recipient of a scholarship for the Irish Seminar 2014 (Dublin) awarded by the University of Notre Dame. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Robert O'Hara Office: Queens Hall 205
Phone: 718-997-5983

Robert O'Hara is an American-born PhD student currently a fellow at CUNY studying Comparative Literature and Italian Literature. He plans on writing his PhD thesis on a topic in 20th century Italian prose works. Robert also studies and speaks French, German, and Spanish and will include these languages as a comparative component in his research. In his free time his main interest is traveling around the world, where he always takes along books.

Luisanna Sardu Office: Queens Hall 205
Phone: 718-997-5983

Luisanna Sardu is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, New York City, in the Comparative Literature Department/Italian specialization. Luisanna primarily studies literature by Italian and Spanish women writers in Early Modern time. Her research interests include transnationalism, issues of identity and subjectivity, affective theory and women's studies. She is currently working on her dissertation on "Emotion Theory" in Italian and Spanish women writers of the Renaissance and Baroque Age. More specifically her research examines the representation of anger in Italian and Spanish Literature.

Alessandro Zammataro Office: Queens Hall 205
Phone: 718-997-5983

Alessandro Zammataro is a second-year PhD student in Comparative Literature with specialization in Italian at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He earned his Master Degree from Lettere Moderne at the University of Catania, Italy. Then he received his first doctoral degree in Lessicografia e semantica del linguaggio letterario europeo from the same University. In 2014 he earned the Italian Teaching Certificate for High School. He also took a Musical degree in Bassoon at the Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Catania. His research interests include Medieval and 20th Century Italian Literature, Digital Philology, Digital Humanities, Philology of the Italian Literature. He is expert in Digital restoring and visual improving of medieval and modern manuscripts. His publications include Il Canto della Vergine. Storia mistica e immagini del Medioevo nella poesia di F. Tozzi, Roma, Aracne Editrice, 2013, I libri della Memoria. La biblioteca ideale di Federigo Tozzi tra letteratura e filologia, in Atti del XIV Convegno internazionale di studi Pisa, Edizioni ETS, 2013. 

Luca Zamparini Office: Queens Hall 205
Phone: 718-997-5983

Luca Zamparini is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He also holds a MA in Italian Studies from New York University with a thesis on Italian director Alessandro Blasetti, and a BA in Italian Literature from the University of Padua, Italy with a thesis on Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Camillo Sbarbaro. His areas of concentration include post-WWII Italian literature, films and culture.



 Office Information

Department Chair:
David Andrew Jones
Queens Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

Italian Undergraduate Coordinator:
Morena Corradi
Queens Hall 205E

Italian Graduate Coordinator:
Eugenia Paulicelli
Queens Hall 330C2
(718) 997-5659


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