Italian Studies Faculty

World-renowned Dante expert Prof Theodore Cachey Jr and students of Italian Studies read Dante during a campus wide eventFaculty and students of Italian Studies read from Dante during a campus wide event

Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty

  • Zygmunt Baranski, Professor of Dante and Italian Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Italian and French
  • Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Professor of Italian, and the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante Studies
  • Sabrina Ferri, Associate Professor of Italian Studies
  • Charles L. Leavitt IV, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
  • David Lummus, Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, Assistant Director of the Center for Italian Studies
  • Christian R. Moevs, Associate Professor of Italian Studies
  • Denis Robichaud, Concurrent Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies and Italian Studies


  • Alessia Blad, Teaching Professor, Italian; Director, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures
  • Katie Boyle, Associate Teaching Professor, Italian
  • Silvia Dall'Olio, Executive Director of The Rome Global Gateway, Concurrent Assistant Teaching Professor, Italian
  • Giovanna Lenzi-Sandusky, Associate Teaching Professor, Italian
  • Lesley Marcantonio, Assistant Teaching Professor, Italian
  • Tiziana Serafini, Associate Teaching Professor Italian
  • Patrick Vivirito, AssociateTeaching Professor, Italian

Graduate Students

Emeritus Faculty


The Visiting Distinguished Professor in Dante and Italian Studies. Recent and current visitors include: Piero Boitani (Rome), Franco Ferrucci (Rutgers and Macerata).

The Visiting Italian Fulbright Scholar. Recent Fulbright professors include Carla Locatelli (Trent) and Piero Boitani (Rome).

The Devers/Core Program Postdoctoral Fellow. Recent Fellows include Justin Steinberg (now Assistant Professor at Chicago) and John Kerr (now Assistant Professor at St. Mary's of Minnesota).

Allied Faculty in Italian Studies

Alexander Blachly (PhD, Columbia), Professor of Music. Late medieval and Renaissance music; founder-director of early vocal music ensemble Pomerium.

Martin Bloomer (PhD, Yale), Associate Professor of Classics. Latin literature, ancient historiography, history of education.

Keith R. Bradley (Litt.D., Sheffield), Shaheen Professor of Classics. Greek and Roman social and cultural history.

Joseph Buttigieg (PhD, SUNY Binghamton), Keenan Chair in English, Fellow of the Nanovic Institute. Modern British literature; literary theory and cultural politics; authority on Gramsci.

Robert R. Coleman (PhD, Chicago), Associate Professor of Art History. Late Renaissance, Baroque, and 18th century Italian art; Project Director of the Inventory-Catalogue of Ambrosiana Drawings.

JoAnn DellaNeva (PhD, Princeton), Associate Professor in French. Renaissance French, Italian, and Comparative Literature; Franco-Italian literary relations; Petrarchism; Renaissance women writers.

Dennis Doordan (PhD, Columbia), Professor of Architecture, Concurrent Professor in Art History. Architectural history, modern Italian architecture, urbanism, and design.

Bernd Goehring (ABD, Cornell), Instructor. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Italian Philology.

Vittorio Hösle (Dr. Habil., Tübingen), Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters, Professor in German, Concurrent Professor of Philosophy, Concurrent Professor in Political Science, Fellow of the Nanovic Institute. Philosophy, history of philosophy, Vico, Machiavelli.

Louis Jordan (PhD, Notre Dame), Librarian, Head of Special Collections, Associate Director of Devers Program in Dante Studies. Italian bibliography, history of the book.

Barbara Kenda (PhD, Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor of Architecture. Renaissance architecture and design; Venetian architecture; set-design.

Brian Krostenko (PhD, Harvard), Associate Professor of Classics. Late Republican literature, Roman cultural semiotics, Latin linguistics.

Margaret Meserve (PhD, Warburg), Assistant Professor of History. Renaissance history; Renaissance Italy and humanism.

Thomas Noble (PhD, Michigan State), Professor of History, Conway Director of the Medieval Institute. The Carolingian world; late antiquity; papal history; medieval Rome.

Pierpaolo Polzonetti (PhD Cornell University), Associate Professor of Music and Liberal Studies. 18th-century music and opera studies.

Charles Rosenberg (PhD, Michigan), Professor of Art History. Italian late medieval and Renaissance art; Renaissance patronage, portraiture.

Thomas Gordon Smith (PhD, Berkeley), Professor of Architecture. Classical architecture; Vitruvius.

Carroll Westfall (PhD, Columbia), Frank Montana Professor of Architecture. Renaissance Rome; architecture and urbanism in Italy and America.