Office: Embury Hall 200
Emanuele Occhipinti holds a Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence and received his PhD in Italian Literature from Rutgers University.
He has published on Italo Svevo and Igino Ugo Tarchetti, and contributed to the encyclopedia Feminist Writings with Greenwood Press. He is the author of Travelling In and Out of Italy: 19th and 20th-Century Notebooks, Letters and Essays and the editor of New Approaches to Teaching Italian Language and Culture: Case Studies from an International Perspective.
He serves as Associate Editor (Profession and Pedagogy) for NeMLA Italian Studies, is a contributing editor to the bibliographical journal The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (“Novecento and the Contemporary Period: Narrative and Theatre”), and he is an ACTFL OPI and OPIC Tester of Italian.
His area of specialization covers eighteenth century to contemporary Italian Literature, with a focus on travel literature, the Italian American experience, psychoanalysis, film, cultural and comparative studies, and language pedagogy. He is also the director of the Summer Program in Orvieto and in Cilento.
Tim Curcio is a fourth year PhD student in the Italian Department at Rutgers University. He holds a BA in Italian from Rutgers University and an MA in Italian Literature from Middlebury College, completing coursework both at Middlebury and the University of Florence.
He has taught Italian for several years at Rutgers University, the County College of Morris and the high school level in New Jersey.
His academic interests include 14th century Italian writers, the Italian novella, Italian immigration/emigration and the Italian-American experience. He won the 2014 UNICO National Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship for his short story “Un viaggio di conoscenza … A Trip of Knowledge,” which was published in UNICO National’s magazine ComUNICO.
Office: Embury Hall 205
Phone: 973-408- 4967
Lara Santoro holds a PhD in Italian from Rutgers University and an MA in French and Italian from the University of Delaware. She has taught Italian for several years at the University of Delaware, Rutgers University, Columbia University, UMass Amherst , SUNY New Paltz and Ramapo College. Her academic interests include 20th and 21st century Italian Literature and Film, with a specific focus on Mafia studies. She has published a chapter in the Mafia Movies reader for undergraduates, edited by Dana Renga, entitled “’Nothing romantic about it’: Gender and the Legacy of Crime in Abel Ferrara’s The Funeral”. She is also interested in translation and has published a selection of poems by Giuseppe Impastato in the Journal of Italian Translations.
Paolo Cucchi, a native Italian from Trieste, is Professor Emeritus of French and Italian, and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (1984-2008). Dr. Cucchi received his MA and PhD in French and Italian from Princeton University.
He has published on J.J. Rousseau and Laurent de Premierfait. He has also participated on numerous conferences dealing with the early French “nouvelle,” the French translations of Boccaccio’s Decameron and gender studies. His appointments are too many to be listed, among them, Dr. Cucchi is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Governor’s School of New Jersey; a member of the Board of Directors of the Legg Mason Closed End Funds; of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.