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Faculty and Staff

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 PaulicelliEugenia Paulicelli holds a Laurea in English and Literary Semiotics from the University of Bari, Italy and a PhD in Italian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Queens College and is a member of the Doctoral Faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature as well as Women's Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is author of Parola e imagine. Sentieri della scrittura in Leonardo, Marino, Foscolo, Calvino (Florence:1996), a collection of poems entitled Dimore (Dwellings), (Ragusa:1996), and co-author with Augusto Ponzio and Mariagrazia Tundo of Lo spreco dei significanti. L’eros, la morte, la scrittura (Bari:1983) as well as articles on literary semiotics, fashion theory and cultural studies, feminism and Italian novelist and poets. Her latest book Fashion under Fascism. Beyond the Black Shirt was published by Berg in 2004. Her current research is into identities and ethnicity and cultural spaces focusing on the study of fashion and dress. She is the editor of Moda e Moderno to be published by Meltemi in Rome in 2006. She is completing work on a book-length study entitled Dressing and Undressing the Public Self in Sixteenth Century Italy. In addition, she is co-curator with Amy Winter of the upcoming exhibition "Couture and Cultures: Fashioning Identity" to be held at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College in spring 2006. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the Fashion Studies Forum, housed at the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches courses on Italian and European Cinema. Her interdisciplinary courses on literature and history, gender, nationalism, fashion and identity, draw on literature, critical theory and film.


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. He holds a Laurea in Italian Philology from the University of Trieste and an MA in Italian Pedagogy from the University of Venezia. 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 and is currently working on a monograph about the development of intercultural communication skills in Italian classes for German learners ("Interkulturelle kommunikative Kompetenz im Italienischunterricht") as part of his PhD research at Freie Universität Berlin. His teaching areas at Queens College include Italian language classes at different levels.


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: King 109
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: King 109
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: King 109
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: King 109
Phone: 718-997-5983

Luca Zamparini Office: King 109
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
King Hall 207
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

Italian Undergraduate Coordinator:
Karina Attar
King Hall 205B

Italian Graduate Coordinator:
Eugenia Paulicelli
King Hall 708
(718) 997-5659


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