Graduate Students

  • A photo of Viola Ardeni

    Viola Ardeni

    • M.A. (Italian Studies) University of Bologna
      B.A. (Humanities) University of Bologna

    Viola Ardeni is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate and her research focuses on the fairy tale through the theoretical lenses of narratology, psychoanalysis, and feminist criticism. She is also interested in Children’s Literature and environmental criticism. At UCLA, Viola has an... » Read More

  • A photo of Nina Bjekovic

    Nina Bjekovic

    • M.A. (Italian Literature) University of California, Los Angeles
      B.A. (Italian) University of California, Los Angeles

    Nina Bjekovic, a Ph.D. Student, specializes in 19th and 20th-century Italian culture and literature, with particular emphasis on literary works produced during Fascism and the Reconstruction, Italian female playwrights, women writers, gender and feminism, issues of identity and representation, and... » Read More

  • A photo of Sarah Cantor

    Sarah Cantor

    • M.A. (Italian Literature) University of California, Los Angeles
      B.A. (Italian) Vassar College

    Sarah Cantor is a doctoral student in the UCLA Department of Italian whose research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, in particular Renaissance epic and the influence of classical authors on their Italian successors. Sarah earned her B.A. in... » Read More

  • A photo of Federica Di Blasio

    Federica Di Blasio

    • M.A. (Comparative and World Literature) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
      M.A. (Modern Philology) University of Bologna
      B.A. (European Literatures) University of Bologna

    Federica Di Blasio is a second-year Ph.D. student who specializes in Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Cinema. She is primarily interested in exploring the role of landscape, place, and mobility in representations of individual and collective subjectivities, aiming at mapping... » Read More

  • A photo of Adriana Guarro

    Adriana Guarro

    • M.A. (Italian Literature & Language) New York University
      B.A. (Italian Literature & Language) New York University

    Adriana Guarro is a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Italian at UCLA. Her research interests primarily include Renaissance studies, early modern and modern Italian women writers, gender studies, feminist theory, the epistolary genre, the epic, and... » Read More

  • A photo of Andrew Hiltzik

    Andrew Hiltzik

    • M.A. (Italian Literature) University of California, Los Angeles
      B.A. (Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities), Minor (Italian) Washington University

    Andrew Hiltzik is a Ph.D. Candidate who focuses on the minor comic works of Machiavelli. Other research interests include representations of religion, love, sexuality, and obscenity in popular literature. He has also translated the works of 20th-century poets Valentino Zeichen,... » Read More

  • A photo of Marianna Nespoli

    Marianna Nespoli

    • B.A. (English and Comparative Literary Studies; Creative Writing emphasis) Occidental College

    Marianna Nespoli is a second-year Ph.D. candidate whose research interests primarily focus on Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema with an emphasis on the cinematic collaborations of poet and screenwriter Tonino Guerra with world renowned directors such as Antonioni,... » Read More

  • A photo of Nathanial Peterson-More

    Nathanial Peterson-More

    • M.A. (Italian Literature) University of California, Los Angeles
      B.A. (Comparative Literature) University of California, Berkeley
      Laurea Specialistica (Literary Studies) La Sapienza University of Rome

    Nathanial Peterson-More, a PhD Candidate, specializes in Italian literature, history, culture, and cinema, and is especially interested in representations and interpretations of historical events in fiction – with a particular focus on La Resistenza and the devastating Civil War fought... » Read More

  • A photo of Rebecca Rosenberg

    Rebecca Rosenberg

    • B.A. (Italian); Minor (Art History) University of Oregon

    Rebecca Rosenberg is a second-year graduate student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research interests primarily focus on Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, with particular emphasis on poetry and the... » Read More

  • A photo of Kelly Roso

    Kelly Roso

    • M.A. (General and Comparative Literature) La Sorbonne, Paris
      M.A. (Italian Literature) University of California, Los Angeles
      B.A. (Italian and German) University of California, Riverside

    Kelly Roso is a doctoral student and Teaching Assistant of Italian. She is interested in the traditions of the Sienese Palio, feminism of all waves, Distant Reading, and the works of Umberto Eco and David Foster Wallace. Kelly earned her... » Read More

  • A photo of Adele Sanna

    Adele Sanna

    • M.A. (Italian Studies) University of Virginia
      Laurea Specialistica (Competenze Testuali per l'Editoria e i Media) Università per Stranieri di Siena
      Laurea Magistrale (English and German) Università degli Studi di Siena

    Adele Sanna, a Ph.D. Candidate, specializes in Italian Contemporary Literature with an emphasis on Italian women authors (writers and filmmakers) and Mediterranean islands. Her interests include Mediterranean Studies, gender studies, film studies, and Latin-American studies. Adele was born in Barletta,... » Read More

  • A photo of Cindy Stanphill

    Cindy Stanphill

    • C.Phil (Italian Literature) University of California, Los Angeles
      M.A. (English) University of California, Long Beach
      B.A. (Liberal Arts) University of California, Long Beach

    Cindy Stanphill is a Candidate in Philosophy in the Department of Italian at UCLA. She is currently working on her dissertation, The Rise of the Novel in Venice: Carlo Gozzi, Pietro Chiari, Antonio Piazza. She is a Cota-Robles scholar and... » Read More

  • A photo of Joseph Tumolo

    Joseph Tumolo

    • M.A. (Italian Literary & Cultural Studies) University of Connecticut
      B.A. (Italian Literature) Fordham University

    Joseph Tumolo, a Ph.D. student, is interested in modern and contemporary Italian literature, critical theory, and Italian-American studies.  Before beginning his Ph.D. at UCLA, Joseph earned an M.A. in Italian Literary & Cultural Studies from the University Connecticut, and a... » Read More