Rossella Di Rosa (Undergraduate Chair)

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Undergraduate Chair in Italian Studies
Director of the Italian Language Program
Contact Information
Office Location: 
549 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2020: TBD

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 revolve around language pedagogy as well as Italian and Spanish modern and contemporary literature, ecocriticism, new materialism, and gender studies. 

Rossella has published articles on Anna Maria Ortese’s and Elsa Morante’s efforts to undermine the tidy division between human and nonhuman animals and on their proximity to the Spanish philosopher María Zambrano. She has also published essays on Giacomo Leopardi’s proto-ecological thought and on Fabrizia Ramondino’s use of food as a compelling instrument to investigate the characters’ ecological identities. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, she taught Italian and Spanish at Rutgers and the University of Georgia.