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  • Awards for the 2012 - 2013 academic year were announced at the Alumni reception:
    • Best Graduate Paper for 2012 – Rossella Di Rosa
    • Outstanding Contribution to the Online Undergraduate Program 2012-2013 Tiziano Cherubini
    • Graduate Alumni Dissertation Award for Spring 2013 – Francesco Chillemi
  • Nazario Larry Paragano, the chair of Paragano Enterprises and a cofounder of the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission establishes the Paragano Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship for Italian Studies, which will provide scholarships to graduate students who wish to teach Italian.
  • Prof. Rhiannon Welch participated in the 7th Faculty Forum on Race and Ethnicity sponsored by the CRE, for more information see the Newsletter
  • "Rome and the She-Wolf" by Professor Cristina Mazzoni Invitation
  • Graduate & Professional School Expo on October 6! For more information please visit
  • Marino Forlino received a Scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study in Tunisia during the summer 2012. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees at a local language school as well as accommodation
  • Tiziano Cherubini was awarded the Joseph, Sr. and Clementina Coccia Memorial Scholarship for 2012. The Scholarship will allow him to do archival research in Turin, Rome, and Pavia.
  • Rossella Di Rosa was awarded the Angelo and Anna Soriano Memorial Scholarship for 2012. The Scholarship will allow her to study documents related to her dissertation project in the Naples libraries.
  • Gabriella Viola was awarded the Coccia Foundation Scholarship for Undergraduate Students in 2012. She will travel to Italy to study culture and communications.
  • Elena Borelli accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College in New York City.
  • Paola Gambarota's book Irresistible Signs (Toronto University Press 2011) was awarded First Prize in the 2011 AAIS Book Award competition, 18th and 19th centuries category. This prestigious Book Award, sponsored on a yearly basis by the American Association of Italian Studies recognizes the most distinguished critical studies of Italian literature, history, and culture according to four broad categories. Members of the Editorial Board of Italian Culture, the Association's journal, served as referees."
  • Elena Borelli got a job as tenure-track Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College starting in the fall 2013.
  • Recent Honors Thesis
    • Valerie Weiss, The Redefinition of Culture Through Words: A Study of Critical Futurist Terms, Spring 2011. Advisor, Paola Gambarota
    • Steven Manicastri, Antonio Gramsci: Prospettive radicali sulla Questione Meridionale [Antonio Gramsci: Radical Perspectives on the ‘Southern Question’] Fall 2011. Advisor, Andrea Baldi
  • Roberto Nicosia has received the Mellon-Funded Residential Summer Worskshop at Warwick University in the United Kingdom in the Summer 2012
  • Professor Paola Gambarota has received the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence as one of the university's most distinguished young faculty members. this award is bestowed in recognition of her teaching accomplishments in her years at Rutgers, as documented in the evaluation that has led to her recent promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.
  • Daniele DeFeo, Elena Borelli, and Francesco Pascuzzi were awarded a departmental recognition for redesigning the Placement Test for incoming students at the recent Alumni Dinner on March 30.
  • Prof. Rhiannon Welch was hired as the new tenure-track Assistant Professor. She got her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2008, was a post-doc at Cornell University for two years, and is now teaching at the University of California-Santa Cruz. At Rutgers, Rhiannon will teach courses on 20th-century literature, cinema, and theory, and she will also participate in Cinema Studies, which is part of the Program in Comparative Literature. We welcome her as part of the faculty and we are thrilled to have her as one of us. She will be a great addition to the program.
  • Elena Borelli, Ph.D. candidate, received the Graduate School Dissertation Teaching Award
  • Arianna Fognani and Marino Forlino each received a Graduate School Pre-Dissertation/Special Study support scholarship to conduct research in Italy in the summer 2012.


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