Dr Monica Borg

Lecturer in Italian Studies
Educational Enhancement Fellow (CEEF) College of Arts and Law (CAL)
Associate Lecturer, The Open University

I teach undergraduate language and culture modules in Italian Studies and CELC (Centre for European Languages and Cultures). I am a keen supporter of enquiry-based interactive learning and have been involved, especially in my role as Educational Enhancement Fellow for the College of Arts and Law,  in promoting and increasing the uptake of educational technology to enhance teaching and ...

Dr Paola Cori

Lecturer in Modern Languages

I am Lecturer in Modern Languages and I teach across the entire provision of Core modules for the Italian programme. I am also the Italian coordinator for the LfA programme. I specialize in nineteenth-century literature, philosophy and philosophy of language and I have devoted a large part of my research to Giacomo Leopardi. I am also interested in contemporary thought, as well as psychological ...

Dr Paolo De Ventura


I study early Italian literature and the historical evolution of the Italian language. I love Dante and his world, which is the fascinating and complex universe of the art and thought of the European Middle Ages.

Sofia Pentassuglia

Sofia Pentassuglia

Teaching Fellow in Italian

I joined the University of Birmingham (The Department of Modern languages, Languages for All) in 2022 as Subject Lead.  I have taught Italian language and culture for over 24 years in different European institutional settings, designing and delivering classes targeted at students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Dr Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Head of the Department of Modern Languages

Main research interests and areas of PG supervision: gender, sexuality and embodiment in modern and contemporary Italian culture.

Dr Jacqueline Visconti

Honorary Research Fellow

Jacqueline Visconti is Full Professor in Italian Linguistics at Genoa University, as well as Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Birmingham and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading.