Professor of French and Italian
Director of the Baldwin Honors Program
Office: Brothers College 214 B
Phone Number: (973) 408-3304
Paolo Cucchi, a native Italian from Trieste, is Professor of French and Italian, and has been Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for 24 years (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.
Associate Professor of Italian
Coordinator of the Italian Program
Office: Embury Hall 200
Phone Number: (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 History of Feminist Thought, forthcoming from Greenwood Press. He is the editor of New Approaches to Teaching Italian Language and Culture: Case Studies from an International Perspective (http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/New-Approaches-to-Teaching-Italian-Language-and-Culture–Case-Studies-from-an-International-Perspect1-84718-638-6.htm). He serves as Associate Editor (Profession and Pedagogy) for NeMLA Italian Studies. His area of specialization covers eighteenth to twentieth century Italian Literature, with a focus on travel literature, the Italian American experience, psychoanalysis, film, cultural and comparative studies, language pedagogy and the effective use of technology in the classroom. He is also the director of the Summer Program in Venice.
Adjunct Lecturer of Italian
Office: Brothers College 214 A
Phone Number: (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.
Mary Ann Mastrolia
Adjunct Lecturer of Italian
Office: Embury Hall 207
Phone Number: (973) 805-8877
Mary Ann Mastrolia is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University, from which she also received her B.A. and M.A. She has been teaching Italian for four years. Her area of specialization covers twentieth-century Italian iterature with a focus on Italian theater and popular culture. Her dissertation topic focuses on post-war political theater and its filmic iterations on the big and small screen. She has also served as editor for “La Fusta”, the graduate student journal of the Rutgers University Department of Italian.