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Temple Rome Faculty
Visiting Faculty from Temple University Main Campus
Eli Goldblatt | English
Eli Goldblatt is professor of English and Director of First Year Writing at Temple University. Through New City Writing, the outreach arm of the writing program, he has helped to support Open Borders Project, Tree House Books, Temple Writing Academy, and other projects in collaboration with community partners. Goldblatt was the founding director of the Community Learning Network, the office that supports community-based learning at Temple. Among other scholarly publications, he is the author of Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy Beyond the College Curriculum (Hampton P 2007), and Writing Home: A Literacy Autobiography (S. Illinois UP, 2012). His books of poetry include Journeyman’s Song (Coffee House, 1990), Sessions 1-62 (Chax Press, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax Press, 1999), and Without a Trace (Singing Horse Press, 2001). In addition, Goldblatt published two children’s books, Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep, both from Harbinger House in 1990.
Susan Moore | Painting | Drawing
(MFA, University of California) Susan Moore is a figurative painter, who is represented by the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, where she is a Professor at the Tyler School of Art. Her work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Wendy Osterweil | Printmaking
Wendy Osterweil is an Associate Professor in the Art Education and Community Arts Practices Department at Tyler School of Art/Temple University. She is a printmaker and fiber artist with over 30 years of teaching experience in schools, university, artist residencies, art centers, workshops, and out of school programs. Workshop venues include: Kutztown University, PA; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lakewood School District, NJ; Long Beach Island Art Foundation, NJ; Peters Valley Craft Center, NJ; CASEM in Costa Rica; and Osterweil’s Left Hand Print Studio. She exhibits nationally and had a major installation exhibition at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA in 2012. Visit www.wendyosterweil.com
Robert Weisberg | Psychology
Dr. Robert Weisberg is Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies at Temple University. A cognitive psychologist, Dr. Weisberg’s research area is creative thinking, the cognitive processes involved in the intentional production of novelty: works of art, solutions to problems, scientific discoveries, and inventions. He has published numerous books and papers on creativity. Ph.D.: Princeton University.
Faculty based in Rome
Giovanna Agostini | Italian Language
BFA, Ohio University; Postgraduate Diploma, University of London
Registilla Aloisi Masella | Italian Language
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza;” Postgraduate Diploma, Interpreting and Translating French and English
Registilla Aloisi Masella’s work focuses on language teaching, specializing in oral proficiency. She received her diploma as a French and English interpreter and translator and was certified as an Italian teacher by International House and the University in Venice “Ca' Foscari.” She is a co-founder and past president of “Italiano per te.”
Federigo Argentieri | History/Political Science
PhD, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
Dr. Argentieri teaches Italian history and European politics. He has published widely on Hungary and other members of the former Soviet bloc, Italian political culture, and European security after the Cold War, and is a member of Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Benedetta Bessi | Classics
PhD, University of Messina; Postdoctoral research at the Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
Dr. Bessi has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Greece, Syria and Libya, and her research focuses on the cultural history of Greece, Rome and its provinces. She has taught a wide range of courses in Classical Studies at various American institutions in Rome since 2002.
Mario Teleri Biason | Drawing and Printmaking
Perito Tecnico Commerciale, Istituto Superiore Pier Fortunato Calvi, Padua
Margaret A. Brucia | Classics
PhD, Fordham University
Paolo Carloni | Art History
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza;” Graduate specialization in Aesthetics, University of Urbino
Paolo Carloni specializes in Cinquecento and contemporary art and is also a poet, photographer and videomaker. He has taught art history and High Renaissance art since 1981. Thanks to his extended and frequent stays in Norway and Northern Africa, he speaks Norwegian, French, English and Italian.
Roberto Caracciolo | Drawing
Diploma, Istituto d'Arte of Urbino and advanced study at the New York Studio School
Roberto Caracciolo teaches studio art courses at Temple University Rome and the New University in Florence. Caracciolo has exhibited his paintings extensively in New York, including the Loretta Howard Gallery, and throughout Europe.
Paolo Chirichigno | Italian Language
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Paolo Chirichigno is a co-founder of “Italiano per te,” an association for the promotion of Italian culture and language.
Lucy Clink | Photography/Drawing
MFA, Tyler School of Art
Daniela Curioso | Italian Language
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Daniela Curioso is the co-founder of “Italiaidea,” an Italian language and culture center in Rome, where she was responsible for the development of programs for American study-abroad campuses.
Frank Dabell | Art History
BA Honours, Merton College, Oxford University
Frank Dabell, a British art historian, specializes in Renaissance art and was a Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has published extensively since the mid-1980s and is completing his book on Piero della Francesca. He has taught at Temple Rome since 2003.
Lucy Delogu | Italian Language
PhD, Rutgers University
Dr. Delogu has taught Italian language, literature and culture courses in the United States and Italy since 1995. Her research includes gender studies, Italian women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially Anna Banti, and Italian films and songs. Her language teaching merges Humanistic and Cognitive theories with Communicative principles.
Jan Gadeyne | Art History/History/Classics
PhD, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Louvain, Belgium
Dr. Gadeyne has taught Ancient Roman Art and Architecture; Romans and their Literature; Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art and Architecture; and the Ancient History of Rome at Temple Rome since 1988. He is the co-director of the excavation of the Roman villa on the Piano della Civita in Artena, on which he has lectured and published widely.
Peter Gardner | Film
PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Dr. Gardner’s research concentrates on representations of the working class in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century British and American narratives, particularly in popular culture and early cinema. He has taught at Italian and American educational institutions in Rome since 1988.
Anita Guerra | Drawing and Painting
MFA, Tyler School of Art
Anita Guerra is represented in the Museo di Arte Sacro in Celano, the Caproni Museum in Trento, and at the French Cultural Center in Rome, Italy. Her modular paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Italy and are part of numerous private collections.
Robert Huber | Art History
MA, Temple University
Robert Huber received a Temple University Rome fellowship scholarship and began teaching courses in the art of Rome and the Italian Renaissance at Temple Rome. He is also an expert on Italian gastronomy and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Louvain, Belgium.
Laurie Kalb Cosmo | Art History
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kalb-Cosmo has been a museum curator in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Boston as well as a research associate at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Her primary interests are museum history, cultural preservation and vernacular art.
Katherine Krizek | Drawing/Art History
BFA, Parsons School of Design; B. Architecture, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science
Katherine Krizek’s designs have won awards including selection for the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and Best of Furniture from ID magazine. She is represented in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection of design. She has taught courses and given lectures on Italian design and drawing in Milan and Rome since 1993.
Aroop Mahanty | International Business
PhD, Colorado State; Post-doctoral studies, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Dr. Mahanty is an American economist and consultant who has worked in the United States and many other countries. His specialties lie in international economics, business and finance.
Roberto Mannino | Sculpture/Fiber Art
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; Sculpture Diploma, Rome Academy of Fine Arts
Roberto Mannino is a widely exhibited sculptor whose large-scale works and installations are in handcast paper and mixed media. He is a dual citizen of Italy and the U.S. and has taught drawing, sculpture, figure modeling, and printmaking studio at the Rome campuses of Temple, Cornell and Loyola since 1993. His research focuses on contemporary papermaking.
Carmela Merola | Italian Language and Literature
PhD, Rutgers University
Dr. Merola was born in Italy, grew up in the United States and spent her junior year in Grenoble and at the Sorbonne. For more than thirty years, she has taught Italian literature, in Italian and in English translation, ranging from poetry before Dante to the theater of Pirandello and the novels of Italo Calvino at Temple Rome.
Liana Miuccio | Photography
MA, Roma Tre University
Liana Miuccio is a professional photographer born in Rome and raised in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from McGill University in Montreal, Canada studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and has a Master degree in Cinema from Roma Tre University..
Barbara Parisi | Italian Language
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza;” Graduate Diploma in Methodology and Teaching Practices
Barbara Parisi has taught and lectured on Italian language, Italian studies, contemporary Italian literature and culture, and Italian cinema at Temple Rome, and at other American universities in Rome since 1999. She is the co-author of the Italian language textbook, “it,” and has composed music for films and recordings.
Aldo Patania | International Business
PhD, University of Catania
Dr. Patania has taught at Temple Rome since 1996, as well as in the U.S., Italy and the United Arab Emirates. He formerly was a Fulbright scholar and senior economic specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and is now a Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Academy and on the Editorial Board of EffElle Editori.
Maria Ponce de Leon | Italian Language
PhD, Northwestern University
Greg Smith | Anthropology/Sociology
D.Phil., Oxford University
Dr. Smith has taught at Temple Rome since 1996. His research includes public space in the periphery and gender studies in rural Italy and Rome. He is on the steering committee for the Biennial of Public Space, organized by the Italian National Planning Institute and has collaborated actively with The International House of Women and Archivia.
Anna Kiyomi Tuck-Scala | Art History
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Tuck-Scala, an American art historian, has taught courses and given lectures in Italy on Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque art since 1995. Her primary research interest is seventeenth-century Naples, on which she has published widely.
Carolina Vaccaro | Architecture
PhD in Architecture, University of Palermo, Naples and Florence
In addition to teaching, Dr. Vaccaro maintains her private architectural practice in Rome and has won number of prizes in design competitions. She has taught at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Roma Tre, and is the author of books and essays on modern and contemporary architecture.
Shara Wasserman | Art History/Director of Exhibitions
MA, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Shara Wasserman specializes in contemporary art and has worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Her teaching and interests include contemporary Roman and international art and architecture. Her exhibition program includes Italian and international artists in public spaces in Rome and in the U.S.