Carmela Scala

Carmela ScalaDirector of the Italian Language Program

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center of New York, CUNY, 2009.

Joined Rutgers in 2014
Address: AB 5100 - 15 Seminary Place
Tel. 848-932-5127
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Research Interests
Language pedagogy; Baroque and early modern literature; folklore and fairytales; literature and the arts (painting/ theater/cinema)


  • Elementary Italian (face to face and online)
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Advanced Conversation Through Current Issues
  • Certificate for Reading Knowledge

Honors and Awards
2007, 2009 and 2011, Recipient of “The Outstanding Faculty Award,” St. John’s University


  • New Trends in Italian Cinema: New-Neorealism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
  • Fairy Tales: a world between the imaginary and popular traditions, to be published by the Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (forthcoming)

“The Embodiment of Umorismo in The Late Mattia Pascal,” PSA, The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, (Volume XVII, Fall 2004).

Book Chapters

  • “Pasolini e Serrao, due percorsi diversi per una scelta identica: il dialetto”, in Pier Paolo Pasolini: in Living Memory, edited by Ben Lawton and Maura Bergonzoni, Academia Publishing, 2009, pp. 95-115.
  • “The demystification of the hero in Basile’s cunti”, in Mascolinità all’Italiana: Cinema, Teatro e Letteratura, edited by Renato Ventura, 2013, pp. 55-72.

Experience Other than Teaching

  • On site Coordinator and Faculty Leader of the Summer Study Abroad Program in Rome 
  • Italian Majors and Minors Adviser
  • Coordinator of the Italian Cultural Society at St. John’s University
  • Organizer of workshops in collaboration with the Career Center for St. John’s University students (In this capacity I invited speakers from different fields to discuss job opportunities)
  • Developed a new study abroad program in Ecuador in collaboration with the A-SL office at St. John’s University.
  • Organized fundraisers at St. John’s University and at Hunter College for different causes. 
  • Developed new courses for the Italian Program and Academic Service Learning Activities for the classes at St. John’s University.
  • Conducted faculty training activities, particularly in teaching using IT tools in the classroom at St. John’s University and Hunter College