Associate Professor of Italian Language; Director Bishop Pilla Program in Italian-American Studies

Degrees: B.A., St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY; M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Expertise: Italian; Dante; The Franciscans; Medieval Preaching; The Italian Renaissance; Italian-American Literature Pedagogy

Dr. Santa Casciani is Associate Professor of Italian language and literature at John Carroll. She has developed undergraduate courses dealing with Italian and Italian American issues. She has published extensively in Italian literature, including work focused on authors such as Dante and Michelangelo. She is also the Director of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University.

Before coming to John Carroll to direct the Bishop Pilla Program in 1999, Dr. Casciani held faculty positions at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri at Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. in Italian at the Ohio State University, and her B.A. in Italian and English at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She was born in L’Aquila, Italy, and immigrated to Rochester, New York, as a teenager.

Languages Taught:  Italian
 Other Languages Read or Spoken:   Spanish
 Country of Birth:  Italy

Fellowships, Honors & Awards:

Alpha Mu Gamma (National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society)

Alpha Sigma Lambda (National Continuing Education Honor Society)
The Zelda Lions Award in the Humanities (Saint John Fisher College)

Summer Scholarship to the Università degli studi di Genova

Summer Scholarship to Siena
Italian Civic League, Rochester, NY

Foreign Travel Award (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Excellence in Teaching Award (The Graduate School – University of Wisconsin Madison)

Fulbright Travel Grant

Research and Graduate Studies Office – Penn State
The Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies – Penn State
The American Council of Learned Societies
The Office of International Cooperative Programs – Penn State

Research and Graduate Studies Office – Penn State (Course release to work on The Fiore manuscript)
The Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies – Penn State
The Office of International Cooperative Program – Penn State
The Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning – Penn State
American Philosophical Society

Nominee – Council for International Exchange of Scholars – Junior Research Award under the 1998-99 Fulbright Program with Italy
National Italian American Foundation
The Office of International Cooperative Program – Penn State

Fellow, Gladys Krieble Delmas/American Council of Learned Societies

American Philosophical Society
Named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

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