Courses Taught

(Graduate) Methodologies for the Teaching of Italian Language Courses and Research in Italian Studies 
Course Committee Member; Co-Instructor; MA/PhD Program

Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George)
Sept. 2021-Apr. 2022 

Students are introduced to basic reference materials necessary for research and will familiarize themselves with the Reference, Periodical Rooms, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library. They will also study philological, computer-assisted and critical methods for the study of Italian literature and linguistics.

Italian-Canadian Communities: Focus on Sports (ITA495F) 
Directed Research Course


Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George) Sept. 2022-Dec. 2022 

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The “Journey” in 19th Century Italian Literature (ITA310F)
Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George) 
May-June 2022 

The course illustrates Italy's contribution to the history of the trope during a time when countries became increasingly interdependent and conscious of each other's cultures. Through literary and social analysis the course traces the most vital aspects of the journey motif. This course includes a component designed to enhance students' research experience.

Italian Canadian Culture and Identity (JCI350S)
Department of Italian Studies; jointly with Canadian Studies Program, University of Toronto (St. George)

This course examines the contributions of Canadians of Italian descent to arts, culture, identity and heritage in Canada, with attention to the diversity of the community with respect to issues such as language, religion, gender, class, sexuality, etc. A core concept addressed by the course is immigration, whether from the experiences of migrants themselves or later generations.

Language Practice (ITA350Y)
Instructor and Coordinator for all sections
Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George) 


For students who have completed ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1. Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice. This course includes a component designed to enhance students' research experience.

Sex and Gender in Contemporary Italy (ITA315F) 
Department of Italian Studies; cross-listed with the Sexual Diversity Studies Program, University of Toronto (St. George) 
Sep. 2021-Dec. 2021

This course will focus on theoretical and cultural productions that deal with issues of sexuality and gender in (contemporary) Italy. Based on an individual instructor’s area of expertise, themes explored may include feminism and women’s rights, sexual liberation and LGBTQ+ rights, Queer-of-Colour critique, and other topics within the study of sexual and gender diversity. Primary materials will include manifestos, theoretical essays, novels, short stories, and films that deal with gender and sexual diversity in the Italian-speaking world and from a transnational perspective. Linguistic issues will also be discussed. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.

Queer Italian-Canadian Writers (ITA495F/S), Directed Research  Course

Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George) May-June 2022 


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Intermediate Italian (ITA250Y)
Instructor and Coordinator for all sections

Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George)
(Sep. 2021-Apr. 2022)


Grammar review, readings of Italian authors and oral practice to enhance comprehension and expressive skills.

Italian for Beginners (ITA100Y)
Instructor and Coordinator for all sections


Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George)
(Sep. 2021-Apr. 2022)


An introduction to the main elements of the Italian language. The development of speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduction to Italian culture and texts.

Translation and Language Practice

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock University, Jan. 2020-April 2020

Translation of selected material from magazine articles, essays and various texts focusing on interference between English and Italian. Introduction to business correspondence.

Intermediate Italian

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock University, Sept. 2019-April 2020


Review of basic grammar; composition and oral practice. Discussions based on cultural topics, cities and the art of Italy.

Queer Italy: Antinormative Desire in Theory, Literature, and Cinema

Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto (Mississauga)Jan.-April 2020

An exploration of how sexual diversity has been expressed and treated in Italian culture. Particular attention will be paid to issues of persecution, social struggle and activism, censorship, and marginalization of LGBTQ+ individuals and works.Crosslisted with the Women and Gender Studies Program.

Anxiety and Identity: Modern Italian History Through Literature
Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto (Mississauga)Sept.-Dec. 2019


Masterpieces of modern Italian fiction analyzed against the background of modern-day Italy, with a focus on issues of national and individual identity and on "negative" feelings, such as anxiety and anger. 

Introductory Italian

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock UniversityMay-July 2019, Full-credit course.


Beginner’s course for students with no formal knowledge of Standard Italian. Acquisition of reading and oral skills, basic grammar, conversation, and composition. Discussion of important aspects of Italian culture.

The Italian-Canadian Experience

Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto (Mississauga)Jan.-April 2019, Full-credit course.


A historically and linguistically defined exploration of the Italian- Canadian community through cultural production, media representation, and historical/personal accounts.Crosslisted with the Canadian Studies Program.

Modern Culture and Civilization
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock UniversitySept.-Dec. 2018, Half-credit course


A survey of the history of Italy since unification in 1861 through discussions around how cultural production (art, cinema, literature, etc.) reflects, deals with, or rebels against important historical events. Topics include identity and language, fascism, imperialism and the wars, religion and politics, organized crime and terrorism, gender equality and sexual liberation, demographics and migration, globalization and post-colonialism.

Advanced Italian Language Practice

Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto (Mississauga)Sept. 2017-April 2018, Full-credit course


This advanced language class offered an opportunity for the enhancement of linguistic and cultural proficiency. 

Introduction to Italian

Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George)
Sept. 2014-Dec. 2017 (Multiple sections), Full-credit course.


An introduction to the main elements of Italian language and culture.

English: Full Immersion

Associazione Culturale Linguistica EducationalSummer 2013

Beginner to intermediate English language at full-immersion summer camps in Italy.

TEACHING ASSISTANT (2014-2019)

  • University of Toronto Mississauga (Language Studies), Italian Theatre and Performance (ITA315Y)

  • University of Toronto (Italian Studies), Gender and Genre in Italian Cinema (ITA341H)

  • University of Toronto Mississauga (Language Studies), Italian Theatre: Text and Performance (ITA413Y)

  • University of Toronto (Italian Studies), Italian Language Clinic, Facilitator

  • University of Toronto (Italian Studies), Italian-Canadian Literature (ITA233H)

  • University of Toronto Mississauga (Language Studies), Italian for Beginners (ITA100Y, 10 sections)