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Italian Program People Directory

  • Faculty

  • Laura Di Bianco

    Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
    Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Advanced Media Studies
    Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
    Environmental Science and Studies Program

    PhD, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    • lauradibianco@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 492
    • 410-516-2022
    • Research Interests: Italian Cinema, 20th and 21st Italian Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, Environmental Humanities.
  • Arielle Saiber (she/her/hers)

    Research Professor, Italian
    Head of the Italian Subdivision
    Director of Graduate Studies, Italian

    PhD, Yale University
    • asaiber@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 478
    • Research Interests: Dante, Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature and philosophy, History of Science and Mathematics, Humanism, Early print history, Science fiction, Nonhuman Studies, Electronic music
  • Bernadette Wegenstein (she/her/hers)

    Professor of Media Studies
    Director, Center for Advanced Media Studies

    PhD, Vienna University
    • berna@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 461
    • 410-516-7511
    • Research Interests: Film and media studies, documentary film practice, body and media theory, gender studies
  • Alessandro Zannirato

    Teaching Professor of Italian
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian
    Language Program Director, Italian

    PhD, University of Cape Town
    • zannirato@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 448B
    • 410-516-7230
    • Research Interests: foreign language pedagogy; foreign language teacher training; liaison, community and conference interpreting; program evaluation.
  • Leonardo Proietti

    Senior Lecturer, Italian

    MA, UCLA
    • leonardo.proietti@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 481
    • 410-516-4239
    • Research Interests: Italian cultural studies, with a particular focus on visual culture, including film, art, and fashion
  • Associated Faculty

  • Laura Vasilyeva

    Assistant Professor, Musicology

    PhD, University of California
    • lprotan1@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Nineteenth-century Italy, opera, sound studies, built environments
  • Earle Havens

    Adjunct Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
    Director, The Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance
    Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Sheridan Libraries

    PhD, Yale University (History and Renaissance Studies)
    • earle.havens@jhu.edu
    • Department of Special Collections, Brody Learning Commons
    • 443-743-7849
    • Research Interests: History of the Book, Scribal Culture and the History of Reading, Catholic Reformation, Literary Forgery
  • Shane Butler

    Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics, Director, Classics Research Lab

    PhD, Columbia University
    • shane.butler@jhu.edu
    • 410-516-3835
    • Research Interests: Classical and nineteenth-century reception of Italy, Italian humanism
  • Stephen J. Campbell

    Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor, Department of History of Art

    PhD, Johns Hopkins University
    • stephen.campbell@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 170
    • 410-516-4928
    • Research Interests: Renaissance and Baroque, notions of style and visual communication
  • Christopher S. Celenza

    James B. Knapp Dean, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

    PhD, Duke University
    PhD, University of Hamburg
    • celenza@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Renaissance latin, Paleography, History of classical tradition
  • Lawrence M. Principe

    Drew Professor of the Humanities and Director, Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe

    PhD, History of Science, Johns Hopkins University
    PhD, Organic Chemistry, Indiana University
    • lmafp@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Early modern and late medieval science and technology; history of alchemy/chemistry; science and theology
  • Matthew Roller

    Professor, Classics

    PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    • mroller@jhu.edu
    • Gilman 102
    • 410-516-5095
    • Research Interests: Latin literature; Roman social and cultural history; Graeco-Roman philosophy
  • Susan Weiss

    Susan Weiss

    Professor Emerita

    PhD, University of Maryland
    • sweiss@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Medieval music and learning; music and memory
  • Walter Stephens

    Professor Emeritus

    PhD, Cornell University, PhD, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
    • walter.stephens@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, history and theory of forgery, the literature of witchcraft.
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