Professor and Director of the Italian Program
Office: Embury Hall 200
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, Igino Ugo Tarchetti and Giorgio Bassani, has contributed to the encyclopedia Feminist Writings with Greenwood Press and, most recently, an article to Christine E. Poteau, ed., Effects of Service-Learning in Foreign and Second Language Courses. He is the author of Travelling In and Out of Italy: 19th and 20th-Century Notebooks, Letters and Essays and the editor of New Approaches to Teaching Italian Language and Culture: Case Studies from an International Perspective.
He serves as Associate Editor (Profession and Pedagogy) for NeMLA Italian Studies, and he is the editor to the Italian, Latin, Romanian and Rhaeto-Romance language and literature sections of the bibliographical journal The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies where he also serves as contributing editor (“Novecento and the Contemporary Period: Narrative and Theatre”). He is a certified ACTFL OPI Tester/Rater and an OPIC and AAPPL Tester of Italian.
His area of specialization covers eighteenth century to contemporary Italian Literature, with a focus on travel literature, the Italian American experience, psychoanalysis, film, cultural and comparative studies, food studies, and language pedagogy. He is also the director of the Summer Program in Orvieto and in Tuscany (Siena).
Adjunct Lecturer of Italian
Office: Embury Hall 203
Susanna Pastorino holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from Arizona State University and a Degree in Law from the University of Salerno in Italy. She has also a Postgraduate Diploma in International Marketing/Language from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland. Ms Pastorino has taught a wide variety of classes, both face-to-face and on-line, for nearly twenty years at the high school and university levels, at Arizona State University, Montclair State University, William Paterson University, and Seton Hall University. Her book Sei pronto… a migliorare? written with Barbara Carbon, was published by Edizioni Farinelli. She was also on the book 601 Italian Verbs editorial committee. Her areas of interests include bilingualism in children and second language acquisition.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian
Office: Embury Hall 205
Mary Sisler holds a PhD and Masters in Italian Literature from Rutgers University in
New Brunswick, NJ. She has been teaching Italian language, literature and culture for
the past thirty years; most recently at Montclair State University, but before that at
Hamilton College in upstate New York where she directed the Italian Studies Program
from 2011 to 2021. Prior to arriving at Hamilton College, she taught Italian at Bryn
Mawr College, Rutgers University, and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New
Jersey. Her academic interests include the artist-writers of the Italian Renaissance, the
role of oral traditions and storytelling in early modern Italy, and the use of food culture
and popular songs to teach Italian. She has also worked in the area of translation theory
and practice. A couple of her translations appeared in the published volume, The
Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives (Fairleigh
Dickinson University Press, Madison, NJ).
Professor Emeritus of French and Italian
Paolo Cucchi, a native Italian from Trieste, is Professor Emeritus of French and Italian, and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (1984-2008). Dr. Cucchi received his MA and PhD 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.