Name: Dr. Maureen Michele Melita
Title: Lecturer of Italian
Office Location: Fontaine 330
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2181
Degrees Held:

PhD in Romance Languages, Italian, 2016. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

M.A. in Italianistica, 2006. Middlebury College Language Schools.

B.A. in Scene Design & Technology, 1994. SUNY College at Brockport.

Awards & Honors:

2017 - Babilonia Institute Professional Development Scholarship, Taormina, Sicily

2012 - Babilonia Institute Teacher Study Grant, Taormina, Sicily

2012 - Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


“Male and Female: A Brief Look at Gender Identity and Androgyny in Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography.” Romance Notes 53.2 (2013): 123-133.

Research Interests:

Italian Theatre, Italian Cinema, Women’s Studies, Language Learning in Students with Disabilities, Living Learning Communities

Conferences & Workshops:

Promoting Language Programs: Growing an Italian Program in the United States.” Leadership and Management of Language Departments: A Special Panel on Academic Leadership.  American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) 2017 International Conference.Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. June-July 2017.

Political Domesticity in Amelia Pincherle Rosselli's Final Drama, Emma Liona: Lady Hamilton.” Women of the Mediterranean Conference. Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy. May 2017.

Panel Chair, "Qui comando io: Women in Mediterranean Theatre." Women of the Mediterranean Conference. Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy. May 2017.

The Question of the Author in the Works of Maurizio Nichetti: A biopolitical analysis of Ladri di Saponette. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (November 2010).

The Color Red in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Novecento. Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy (May 2010).


Modern Languages Association  (MLA)

American Associations of Teachers of Italian (AATI)

American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)