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 ...

Clelia Boscolo

Clelia Boscolo

Lecturer in Italian language and Translation Studies
Language Courses Co-ordinator

I studied Combined Honours Italian and Russian at Birmingham University, graduating in July 1989. I have been teaching Italian as a foreign language at all levels since 1981 and have worked in the Department of Italian Studies since September 1989.


Professor Michael Caesar

Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies

My current responsibilities (2012-14) are directed to teaching and researching on Leopardi. The first complete English edition of his notebooks (Zibaldone) will be published in 2013 (

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.

Dr Franco D'Intino

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Director of the Leopardi Centre

My main research interests are the work of Leopardi (in the context of European Romanticism) and the relationship between prose genres (autobiography, novel) and ethics in modern European literatures (XVIII-XX centuries).

Dr Ita Mac Carthy

Dr Ita Mac Carthy

Senior Lecturer

I received my BA and PhD from University College Cork, and moved from a post at Durham University to the University of Birmingham in 2007 where I became Senior Lecturer in 2013.

Dr Emanuela Patti

Dr Emanuela Patti

Senior Research Fellow

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2015 where I am currently working as a Senior Research Fellow for the AHRC-funded project Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interart/intermedia. My research interests range across a variety of areas, including modern and contemporary Italian culture, cultural representations of Dante, comparative literature, digital cultures, intermediality. I have ...

Dr Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Senior Lecturer
Programme Lead for Italian Studies

Programme Lead and Admissions Tutor for Italian Studies; School Quality Officer.

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 Associate 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. In 2014 she received Habilitation to Full Professor in Italian linguistics.