Department Chair
Nicoletta Marini-Maio
Associate Professor of Italian (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 219
(717) 245-1592
Department Faculty
Sylvie G. Davidson
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in Global Education (1979).
Licence-ès-Lettres, Université de Montpellier, 1967; Maîtrise d'Italien, 1968; Doctorat ès Lettres, 1978.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1995-1996; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2004-2005.

Professor Davidson has directed the Toulouse year program and the Bologna Summer Immersion program on several occasions and is engaged in issues related to global education. Her scholarship has concentrated on French and Italian literatures, fine arts, and music of the Renaissance and 17th century. Her current research is centered on Humanism in Southern France.
Tullio Pagano
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Associate Professor of Italian (1991).
Bosler Hall Room 203
(717) 245-1274 |
Laurea in Lettere, Universita di Genova, 1981; M.A., University of Oregon, 1987; Ph.D., 1991.

His current research focuses on the representation of landscape in Italian literature and society. Other interests include: diasporic and Italian American studies, theories of modern allegory and symbol, and simulation in modern and postmodern literature.
Nicoletta Marini-Maio
Associate Professor of Italian (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 219
(717) 245-1592 |
B.A., University of Perugia, Italy, 1986; M.A., University of Rome, 1998; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Marini-Maio completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Italian cinema. She is the Editor of the international online journal gender/sexuality/italy. Her main fields of research are film studies, Italian cinema, and theater, particularly the intersections between politics, gender, cultural representations, popular culture, the narrative mode, and collective memory. Her monograph on the representation of left-wing terrorism in Italian film and theatre is near to completion. She is currently working on a book on Silvio Berlusconi in the cinema and doing research on the "decamerotici," a series of movies inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron produced in Italy in the 1970s. She has published articles on Italian cinema and theatre, Italian teaching pedagogy, and technology-enhanced language learning. In this areas, she has also co-edited the scholarly volumes "Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater" (Yale University Press, 2009) and "Dramatic Interactions" (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). At Dickinson, she is sharing with her students her passion for film and theater.
James F. McMenamin
Assistant Professor of Italian (2009).
Bosler Hall Room 116
(717) 254-8444 |
B.A., Middlebury College, 1996; M.A., 1997; Laurea, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 2001; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2008.

Prof. McMenamin specializes in medieval and renaissance Italian literature. He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch and Italian lyric poetry and is particularly interested in questions concerning medieval philosophy. This year, besides language courses, Prof. McMenamin will be teaching a medieval/renaissance survey of Italian literature (Fall), Dante's 'Divine Comedy' in English (Spring) and a seminar on Boccaccio's 'Decameron' (Spring). Prof. McMenamin has participated in the LGBTQQIA Pride@Dickinson Safe Zone Training.
Luca Lanzilotta
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Lecturer in Italian (2010).
Bosler Hall Room 3M
(717) 245-1728 |
B.A., University of Florence, Italy, 2001; M.A., University of Pisa, Italy, 2004, M.A., Middlebury College, 2013.

Luca Lanzilotta has degrees in education, from the University of Pisa, and in Italian, from Middlebury College. At Dickinson, Professor Lanzilotta teaches beginner and intermediate Italian language courses and coordinates the activities for the Italian program, the Italian club and the Italian house.
Luca Trazzi
Visiting Lecturer in Italian (2013).
Bosler Hall Room 124
(717) 254-8083 |
B.A., Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy, 2007; M.A., 2010.

Luca Trazzi specialized in English and French linguistics and Italian language pedagogy while pursuing his degrees between Italy, USA, and France. At Dickinson, he teaches elementary and intermediate Italian courses, currently acts as the Italian faculty liaison for the MWC, and participates in the organization of Italian events on campus.
Contributing Faculty
Karl D. Qualls
Professor of History (2000).
Denny Hall Room 201
(717) 245-1774 |
B.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1993; Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1998.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2003-04.

His teaching interests include Russian and German history, comparative revolutions (political, social, and cultural), dictators, urban history, and more. His book "From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II" (Cornell, 2009) challenges notions of totalitarianism, investigates the creation of historical myths, and outlines the role of monuments and urban space in identity formation in a city torn between Ukraine and Russia. He is currently working on a new book about children who fled the Spanish Civil War and were raised in the Soviet Union.
J. Mark Ruhl
Glenn E. and Mary L. Todd Professor of Political Science (1975).
Denny Hall Room 207
(717) 245-1501 |
B.A., Dickinson College, 1970; M.A., Syracuse University, 1972; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1988-1989; Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2012-13

He specializes in comparative politics. His research centers on the politics of democratization in contemporary Latin America with a special emphasis on civil-military relations.
Melinda W. Schlitt
Professor of Art History, William W. Edel Professor of Humanities (1990).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 227
(717) 245-1245 |
B.A., State University of New York at Purchase, 1981; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1983; Ph.D., 1991.

Professor Schlitt teaches courses in art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance and ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture. Her current research focuses on 15th and 16th-century Italian art and criticism. She has published several articles on Francesco Salviati, Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo, and the relationship between language and imagery in the Renaissance, and has edited (and contributed to) two books of new essays: "Perspectives on Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History," (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2001) and "Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey," (Univ of Toronto Press, 2012). Prof. Schlitt is currently completing a monograph on Francesco Salviati and a study on the Arch of Constantine. Awards include the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome; Resident Fellowship, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities; Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society; Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowship; Lila Acheson Wallace-Reader's Digest Publications Grant, Villa I Tatti, Florence.
Douglas T. Stuart
Professor of Political Science and International Studies; J. William Stuart and Helen D. Stuart Chair in International Studies, Business and Management; Adjunct Professor, U.S. Army War College (1986).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105B
(717) 245-1930 |
B.A., Marist College, 1970; M.A., University of Southern California, 1974; Ph.D., 1979.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1990-1991; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1995-1996.

His teaching and research interests include American foreign policy, national security affairs, Asian and West European security. Dr. Stuart is also an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Army War College.
Stephen Weinberger
Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969).
Denny Hall Room 217
(717) 245-1500 |
B.A., Northeastern University, 1965; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966; Ph.D., 1969.

His teaching interests center on medieval and Renaissance history, European intellectual history, and the history of film. His current research involves conflict in medieval society, and censorship in the American film industry.
Blake M. Wilson
Professor of Music (1993).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 210
(717) 245-1297 |
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1978; M.M., Indiana University, 1982; Ph.D., 1987.

Blake Wilson teaches courses in music history, film music, and directs the Dickinson Collegium. Both as performer and scholar, he specializes in music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, and his research interests include the music of renaissance Italy (especially Florence), performance practice, compositional process, and the relationship between music and other disciplines (rhetoric, poetry, visual art). His current work concerns the interaction of oral and written musical traditions in the culture of Renaissance Florence, the early madrigal, and the works of Heinrich Isaac (the primary recipient of Medici musical patronage).