Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in German Literature. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2014.
  • Ph.D. in Italian Literature. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2014.
  • Certificate in Medieval Studies. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn (Germany). 2007.
  • Certificate in Teaching German as a Foreign Language (DaF). Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn (Germany). 2007.
  • M.A. in Italian, German and English Literature. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn (Germany). 2006.
  • M.A. Translation Degree in English, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. University of Applied Sciences, Cologne (Germany). 2001.

 

POSITIONS HELD

German

  • 2015-Present: Visiting Assistant Professor of German. Lawrence University.
  • 2015-Present: Associate Lecturer of German. University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.
  • 2012-Present: Instructor of German. Fox Valley Technical College.
  • 2004-2007: Instructor of German. Ripon College.

Italian

  • 2013-Present: Instructor of Italian. Fox Valley Technical College.
  • 2007-2014: Graduate Teaching Assistant of Italian. UW Madison.
  • 2007: Visiting Instructor of Italian. Lawrence University.

Spanish

  • 2013-Present: Instructor of Spanish. Fox Valley Technical College.
  • 2006: Invited Lecturer of Spanish. Ripon College.
  • 2002-2004: Instructor of Spanish. Volkshochschule, Cologne.

Italian and German

  • 1994-1995: Bilingual Elementary School Teacher. Cologne.

Latin and Ancient Greek

  • 1994-1995: High School Teacher (Humanistisches Gymnasium), Cologne.

 

AWARDS

  • 2014: Chancellor’s Fellowship. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 2012: Graduate Award for Academic and Teaching Excellence. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 2011: Research Fellowship. DAAD/ UW Madison Center for German and European Studies (CGES). “Positioning Modern Germany in the World: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism, Colonialism, Migration.”
  • 2010: Ph.D. Fellowship. Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn. DAAD/ UW Madison.
  • 2010: Outstanding Performance as an Experienced Teaching Assistant of Italian. UW Madison.
  • 2009: Outstanding Service and Innovation as Teaching Assistant of Italian. UW Madison.
  • 2004-2006: Graduate Student Fellowship. DAAD/ Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn.

 

GRANTS

  • DAAD Grant for the German Studies Summer School for Postgraduates. “Stimmungen: Climates, Moods, Atmospheres.” University of Edinburgh.May 31-June 4, 2011.
  • Vilas Research Travel Grant. UW Madison, 2010.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Articles

  • “Manzoni’s Messianism. Walter Benjamin and the Italian Romantic Drama.” European Romantic Review. 25 manuscript pages (forthcoming).
  • “Die Entwicklung des Deutschunterrichts in Israel. Eine Bestandsaufnahme interkultureller und transnationaler Beziehungen zwischen Geschichte und Gegenwart.” Deutsch als Fremdsprache. 2 (2012).
  • “La Locandiera.” Problemi di critica goldoniana. 16.3. (2009).

Book Reviews

  • Rubini, Rocco. “The Italian Renaissance: Italian Humanism Between Hegel and Heidegger.” University of Chicago Press, 2014. Pp. 408. Forum Italicum (in progress).
  • Rachel A. Walsh. “Ugo Foscolo’s Tragic Vision in Italy and England.” Toronto. U of Toronto, 2014. Pp. 218. Forum Italicum (in progress).
  • Norbert Mecklenburg. “Goethe. Inter- und transkulturelle poetische Spiele.” München: Judicium Verlag, 2014. Pp. 479. Goethe Yearbook (in progress).
  • “From Kant to Croce. Modern Philosophy in Italy 1800-1950.” Edited and translated with an introduction by B. and R. Copenhaver. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Pp. 859. Quaderni d’italianistica. 34.2 (2014): 15-17.
  • Thomas Stauder. “Gespräche mit Umberto Eco aus drei Jahrzehnten.” Münster: LIT Verlag, 2012. Pp. 302. Annali d’italianistica. 13 (2013): 729-731.
  • Judith E. Martin. “Germaine de Staël in Germany. Gender and Literary Authority (1800-1850).” Madison/Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011. Pp. 345. Women in German Newsletter. 120 (2012): 32-35.
  • Sandra Parmegiani. “Ugo Foscolo and English Culture.” London: Legenda, 2011. Pp. 152. Annali d’Italianistica. 30 (2012): 535-537.
  • Katharina Mommsen. “Kein Rettungsmittel als die Liebe. Schillers und Goethes Bündnis im Spiegel ihrer Dichtungen.” Göttingen: Wallstein, 2010. Pp. 379. Goethe Yearbook. 19 (2012): 281-283.
  • Axel Dunker. “Kontrapunktische Lektüren. Koloniale Strukturen in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts.” Paderborn: Fink, 2008. The German Quarterly. 84.1 (2011): 104-106.
  • Susan Vandiver Nicassio. “Imperial City. Rome under Napoleon.” Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005. Annali d’Italianistica. 28 (2010): 567-570.
  • Astrid Bauereisen, Stephan Pabst, Achim Vesper (eds.). “Kunst und Wissen. Beziehungen zwischen Ästhetik und Erkenntnistheorie im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert.” Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009. Pp. 297. The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography. 30 (2009): 439-442.
  • Markus Winkler. “Von Iphigenie zu Medea. Semantik und Dramaturgie des Barbarischen bei Goethe und Grillparzer.” Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 2009. Pp. 278. The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography. 30 (2009): 471-473.
  • “Il verismo italiano fra naturalismo francese e cultura europea.” Ed. Romano Luperini. San Cesario di Lecce: Manni, 2007. Annali d’Italianistica. 26 (2008): 513-515.
  • Sergio Pautasso. “Snodi culturali e letterari fra Otto e Novecento: Leopardi, Manzoni, Verga.” Genova: Marietti, 2007. Italica. 85.4 (2008): 499-503.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS

  • Working Across Cultures: Italy. Fox Valley Technical College. Appleton, Oshkosh. August 28, 2015.
  • Working Across Cultures: Germany. Fox Valley Technical College. Appleton, Oshkosh. May 25, 2015.
  • Reflecting on the Present, Rewriting the Past: The Poetics of History in Schiller’s and Pellico’s Historical Dramas. International Conference on Romanticism. University of St. Thomas. Minneapolis, MN. September 25-28, 2014
  • Panel Organizer and Moderator. Artifacts of History. The Napoleonic Era in Germany and Italy. “Art and Artifice.” 55th Annual MMLA Convention. Milwaukee, WI. Nov. 7-10, 2013.
  • The Aesthetization of History in Schiller’s “Maria Stuart” and Pellico’s “Francesca da Rimini.” 55th Annual MMLA Convention. Milwaukee, WI. Nov. 7-10, 2013.
  • La sintassi degli spazi e dell’immagine in ‘Blow-up’: Antonioni nella prospettiva di Foucault. Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. Chapel Hill, NC. March 22-24, 2012.
  • The Ethics and Aesthetics of Monstrosity in Kleist’s ‘Penthesilea’.“Rethinking the Monsterous: Violence and Criminality in Society.” Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich. July 1-3, 2011.
  • Dell’amor patrio nel romanzo dell’Ottocento. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies. Venice. June 24-26, 2011.
  • Schiller’s Cosmopolitanism: Controversial ‘Stimmungen’ in 19th-Century Germany. DAAD German Studies Summer School. “Stimmungen: Climates, Moods, Atmospheres.” University of Edinburgh, Scotland. May 31-June 3, 2011.
  • Inszenierte Geschichte: Rhetorik und Realität in Schillers Drama. “Text und Sprache unter neuen Perspektiven.” Germanistentagung, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, Cracow. May 26-28, 2011.
  • Mythistory: Die Neuerfindung des Mythos im deutschen und italienischen Theater des 18. Jahrhunderts. “Spannungsfelder: Literatur und Mythos.” Studierendenkongress Komparatistik. Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn. May 6-8, 2011.
  • Natural and Urban Order in Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’ (roundtable). NeMLA Convention. New Brunswick, NJ. April 10, 2011.
  • The Reversal of Gender Roles in Lenz’s ‘Hofmeister.’ NeMLA Convention. New Brunswick, NJ. April 9, 2011.
  • Mythical Stories and Historical Myths in Foscolo’s and Kleist’s Dramas. 35th Comparative Drama Conference. Los Angeles, CA. March 26, 2011.
  • Manzoni’s ‘Count of Carmagnola’ and Kleist’s ‘Prince of Homburg’: History between Fact and Fiction. MMLA Convention. Chicago, IL. Nov. 5, 2010.
  • “Es war einmal… C’era una volta”: Exploring Languages Across Cultures. World Languages Day. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Nov. 17th, 2010.
  • ‘Don Carlos’ and Schiller’s Utopia of World Citizenship. GSA 34th Annual Conference. Oakland, CA. Oct. 8th, 2010.
  • Eterotopie in ‘Blow-up’: Foucault e il cinema di Antonioni. AATI Annual Conference. Università del Salento, Lecce. May 29th, 2010.
  • En-Gendering the Nation. Whose Mother’s Land? AAIS Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. April 24, 2010.
  • Goethe and Palazzeschi: An Elective Affinity? Of Angels and Demons: Recollecting and Rethinking Walter Benjamin. Guest Speaker. Department of French and Italian. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Feb. 19, 2010.
  • The Rhetoric of Perelà. An Allegorical Reading of Palazzeschi’s Novel. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 16-18, 2009.
  • Palazzeschi’s Poetics: From Symbolic Unity to Allegorical Alterity. 22nd Annual GAFIS Symposium. University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of French and Italian. April 4, 2009.
  • The Aesthetics of Love in Italian Medieval Poetry. International AATI/ AAIS Taormina Joint Convention. Taormina, Italy. May 22, 2008.
  • Foundations of Modern Thought: A New Perspective on Valla, Alberti and Pico. 21st Annual GAFIS Symposium. University of Wisconsin, Madison. April 5, 2008.
  • La Locandiera. Graduate Student Forum: Goldoni Symposium. University of Wisconsin, Madison. April 26, 2008.
  • Breaking the Canon. The Phenomenology of Love in Cavalcanti’s Canzone Donna me prega.’ 10th Annual Red River Conference on World Literature. North Dakota State University, Fargo. April 20-22, 2007.
  • The Quest for Identity in Kafka’s and Pirandello’s Narrative. 31st Annual European Studies Conference. University of Omaha, NE. Oct. 6, 2006.

 

SCHOLARLY SEMINARS

  • International Summer Academy “Zeit und Literatur” (“Time and Literature”), Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn. July 13-27, 2012.
  • DAAD German Studies Summer School for Postgraduates. “Stimmungen: Climates, Moods, Atmospheres.” University of Edinburgh, May 31-June 4, 2011.
  • Meisterkurs “Extreme und Explosionen der europäischen Aufklärung. Diderot – Lichtenberg – Mozart – Goya.” (“Extremes and Explosions of European Enlightenment. Diderot – Lichtenberg – Mozart – Goya.”) Seminar by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena. May 31-June 3, 2011.
  • Meisterkurs “Moral, Religion und Staat im Zeitalter der Aufklärung.” (“Morality, Religion and State during the Enlightenment.”) Seminar by Otfried Höffe. Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena. May 26-29, 2010.

 

COURSES TAUGHT

German

  • German 101, 102, 201, 202.
  • German Online Language Lab
  • German 302: Applied Language Analysis
  • German Advanced Conversation
  • A Survey of German Cinema: From its Beginnings to the Present.
  • First Year Seminar: “Human Nature: Between Fiction and Reality.”
  • German 330: “Phantastischer Realismus: Die deutsche Novelle von Goethe bis Kafka.”
  • German 335: “Of Love, Liberty and Religion in German Romantic Drama.”

Italian

  • Italian 101, 102, 201, 202, 203.
  • Italian Intermediate Transitional
  • Italian Online Language Lab
  • Italian Advanced Conversation
  • A Survey of Italian Cinema: From its Beginnings to the Present.
  • Italian 360: Renaissance Literature in Translation.

Spanish

  • Spanish for True Beginners
  • Spanish 101, 102
  • Spanish 450: El realismo mágico (invited lecturer)
  • Fundamentals of Translation and Interpretation

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • 2010-2011: German Graduate Student Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Department of German.
  • 2010: French and Italian Department Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Department of French and Italian.
  • 2009-2010: Italian Instructional Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Department of French and Italian.
  • 2008-2009: Italian Lectures Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Department of French and Italian.
  • 2008-2009: German Graduate Student Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Department of German.
  • 2007-2008: Chair. 10th Annual German and Dutch Conference Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Department of German.

 

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

  • German Literature from 1750 to present
  • Italian Literature from 1750 to present
  • Philosophy of history
  • Transnational and transcultural studies
  • World literature
  • Postcolonial Theories
  • Gender Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Translation Theory and Practice

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

German

  • AATG. American Association of Teachers of German.
  • The Goethe Society of North America.
  • WiG. Coalition of Women in German.

Italian

  • AAIS. American Association of Italian Studies.
  • AATI. American Association of Teachers of Italian.
  • Canadian Society of Italian Studies.

Others

  • American Comparative Literature Association.
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

 

LANGUAGES

  • German: native proficiency
  • Italian: native proficiency
  • English: near native proficiency
  • Spanish: near native proficiency
  • French: reading proficiency
  • Russian: reading proficiency
  • Latin: reading and writing proficiency
  • Ancient Greek: reading and writing proficiency

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (A SELECTION)

  • 2013-2015: Library Assistant. Appleton Public Library.
  • 2010-Present: Freelance Legal Translator (English, Italian). Italian Embassy, Chicago.
  • 2009-Present: Legal Interpreter (English, Italian). Lee, Kikelly, Paulson & Younger, S.C. Attorney at Law. Madison.
  • 2006-2008: Translator of academic research material (English, German, Italian). Ripon College, UW Madison.
  • 2002-2004: Translator of legal records (antitrust, finance, and legal disputes) (English, German, Italian). International Law Firm “Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer”, Cologne.
  • 1999-2002: Translator of scientific records (English, German, Italian, Spanish). Patent Law Attorney Flaccus. Wesseling (Germany).
  • 1999: Foreign Language Administrator. Siemens AG, Cologne.
  • 1996-1999: Technical Translator (English, German, Italian, Spanish). Schaarschmidt Hard- & Software, Cologne.