Core Faculty

  • A photo of Massimo Ciavolella

    Massimo Ciavolella

    Massimo Ciavolella studied at the Universities of Bologna, Rome, and British Columbia, where he received his Ph.D. in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He taught for many years at Carleton University (Ottawa) and at the University of Toronto before coming... » Read More

  • A photo of Thomas Harrison

    Thomas Harrison

    Thomas Harrison, Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, CUNY, is a Professor of Italian and has authored Of Bridges: A Poetic and Philosophical Account: He specializes in modern European intellectual history, literature, the comparative arts and film.... » Read More

  • A photo of Andrea Moudarres

    Andrea Moudarres

    • Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Office: 340C Royce
    • Office Hours: By appointment. Zoom Hours: Mondays, 2pm-4pm. Zoom link:

    Andrea Moudarres (Ph.D  Yale University 2011) is Associate Professor of Italian and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include Renaissance epic, Dante, Humanism, Machiavelli and political philosophy, and the presence of... » Read More

  • A photo of Lucia Re

    Lucia Re

    • Professor Emeritus
    • Office: 354 Royce
    • Office Hours: e-mail for Zoom appointment

    Lucia Re (Ph. D in Comparative Literature, Yale University) is Professor of Italian at UCLA and also holds an appointment in the Department of Gender Studies. Her principal fields of study and teaching are modern and contemporary literature and culture.... » Read More

  • A photo of Dominic Thomas

    Dominic Thomas

    Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor and Chair of the departments of French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, and Scandinavian. He is CNN/ CNN International European Affairs Commentator, and author, co-author, editor or co-editor of works on contemporary... » Read More

  • A photo of Elissa Tognozzi

    Elissa Tognozzi

    • Director of Language Program
    • Office: 340A Royce
    • Office Hours: e-mail for Zoom appointment

    Elissa Tognozzi, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, is Senior Lecturer SOE of Italian and Director of the Language Program.  Her principal field of research and teaching is second-language acquisition.   Her interests also include teaching culture, Renaissance literature and teaching... » Read More