Chair of the French and Italian Department
Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Italian Program
Office: Embury Hall 200
Phone: (973) 408-3831
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 contributor 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 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.
Adjunct Lecturer of Italian
Office: Embury Hall 205
Phone: (973) 408-3688
Carla Mastropierro (B.A. Montclair University; M.A. Rutgers University) is a native of Basilicata region in Italy and was for several years a teacher, director and coordinator of Italian language courses sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Education. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Italian Educational & Cultural Center of Jersey City, NJ, a social service and cultural organization, sponsor of the Italian Immigration Museum. She is also the liaison of the Italian Vice Consulate.
Adjunct Lecturer of Italian
Office: Embury Hall 207
Phone: (973) 408- 4967
Gina Montalto is a graduate of Rutgers University where she received her BA and her MAT in Italian language and literature. During college she studied abroad in Urbino and Florence and was a member of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Society. Gina also was an active member of RICCA Rutgers Italian club and Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Her interests outside of the Italian language and culture include dance, theater and traveling.
Professor Emeritus of French and Italian
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 M.A. and Ph.D. 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.