Lisa Tortolani

Teaching Assistant

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PhD Candidate

Italian Literary and Cultural Studies




BA in Italian studies, Villanova University (2001)

MA in Italian Literature and Culture from Boston College (2013)




Lisa graduated from Villanova University in 2001, where she majored in Political Science and Italian Studies. After years of teaching high school level Italian as well as working for an Italian based company in Boston, Lisa was accepted as a teaching fellow and graduate student at Boston College. Since earning her MA in Italian Languages and Literatures from Boston College in 2013, Lisa has taught language, literature and culture courses at both the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, and has also worked extensively on translations. She has translated several articles, lectures and short stories by the Italian author Dacia Maraini, in addition to an historical novel by Armando Roggero (all publications forthcoming). She has also presented on topics related to foreign language pedagogy and Dante’s Divine Comedy. In 2016, Lisa returned to pursuing graduate scholarship at the University of Connecticut. She is currently a PhD candidate in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, where her work will focus on the literary representation of religious themes in medieval and early modern literature.


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