Phd Graduate Students
Dora Labate (
Spanedda, Maria Laura
Maria Laura Spanedda (
Sean Widlake (
In addition to his academic background, Sean has been an instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), partnering with a non-profit that seeks to aid and assist refugees relocated to the Boston area. Sean also has over seven years of administrative experience in higher education working at such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. At Harvard, Sean partnered with an outside art gallery to put on an exhibit featuring multimedia artistic productions highlighting the lives of women, minorities, and children in Iran and Afghanistan. The exhibit, which ran for four months and included paintings, photography, and short films, was titled, From Voices Unheard: Actors of Social Change in Iran and Afghanistan.
At Rutgers, Sean hopes to leverage his past academic experiences to investigate themes of mysticism, material culture, music, and lyricism in the Italian Middle Ages. He is also more broadly interested in poetry, translation, language pedagogy, and interdisciplinarity.
Diletta Pasetti was born and raised in a Cocoon, a small village in the Italian La Bassa. Very proud of her origins, she has always been enthusiastic about literature.
She graduated from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan with a Master’s Degree in Italian Philology. She is extremely passionate about the world of books, so naturally she flew to the UK to obtain her MA in Digital Publishing at the Oxford Brookes University.
Before rejoining again the academic galaxy, she had fun on the twin planets of Public Administration and Digital Communication for almost eight years.
Her previous work focused on Leopardi's circular writing and Father Mazzolari's disruptive modernity. She had the honor to curate the edition of the priest's unpublished private correspondence with his bishops. At Rutgers, she is happily teaching Italian while researching the formation of the image of Italian women intersecting feminist theories, religion, literature, media, and aesthetics.