Rossella Di Rosa (Undergraduate Chair)

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Undergraduate Chair in Italian Studies
Director of the Italian Language Program
Contact Information
Office Location: 
538 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Mondays 10:30-11:30 am; Wednesdays: 1:30 - 2:30 pm and by appointment

Rossella Di Rosa graduated cum laude from the University of Siena in 2008, where she studied Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies. After an inspiring year at Vassar College as a language fellow, she completed her MA and PhD in Italian at Rutgers University.  

Her academic interests focus on second language acquisition, critical and digital pedagogy as well as modern and contemporary Italian literature, especially women’s writing. Her research lies at the intersection of literature, ecocriticism, posthumanism, new materialism, and gender studies. She has published several articles that analyze nomadic spaces and subjectivities, discuss the definition of nature, and explore the interdependence between human and nonhuman beings in Giacomo Leopardi, Anna Maria Ortese, Elsa Morante, María Zambrano, Fabrizia Ramondino, and Elena Ferrante.

Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, she taught Italian and Spanish at Rutgers and the University of Georgia.