Ph.D. Student in Italian

Advised by Professor Federico Luisetti

cirulli@email.unc.edu | Dey 215


Education

  • Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
  • Italian Master’s degree in “Teaching Italian as a second language”, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Urbino, Italy, 2012. Graduated summa cum laude
  • Italian four year Laurea (V.O.) degree in “Foreign Language and Literatures” (English and Spanish), University of Rome “Roma Tre”, Rome, Italy, 2005. Graduated summa cum laude

Bio

Massimiliano Cirulli is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Romance Studies. After his Italian Master’s degree in “Teaching Italian as a Second Language,” he taught Italian both in Italy, at the Lorenzo De’ Medici school in Rome, and in the United States, where he served as Visiting Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before entering the Ph.D. program. His research interests include 20th-century Italian literature and cinema, second language acquisition theory, the works of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Post-war period, with special regard to the economic boom and the industrialization process in Italy, Italian folklore, and the “Language Across the Curriculum” teaching approach. He is currently working on his dissertation project, an analysis of space and place in the works of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Publications

Book Reviews

Conference Presentations

  • “Playing Italy: Using Italian outside the language and literature curricula.” 71st Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), Lexington, KY, April 19-21, 2018
  • “From Ritual to Commodity: Staging ‘Pizzica’ in Contemporary Italy.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 47th Annual Convention, Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016
  • “‘Relitti’ and ‘Sopravvivenze’: Myth, History, and Rituals in the Works of Ernesto De Martino and Pier Paolo Pasolini.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 87th Annual Conference, Durham, NC, November 13-15, 2015
  • “The Mercantile World in Boccaccio’s Decameron: Between Epic and Satire.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, Chapel Hill, NC, April 9-11, 2015
  • “La mongolfiera,” in “Beyond the Textbook: How to Engage Students without Going Nuts!” by Dr. Glynis Cowell and Dr. Hannelore Jarausch. Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Fall Conference, Winston-Salem, NC, October 2-4, 2014. Awarded as one of the “Best of FLANC” presentations, and replied for the occasion, at FLANC Spring Conference, Wilmington, NC, February 21, 2015

Awards/Honors

  • Kenan Summer Research Award ($ 2500), 2017.
  • Departmental Travel Grant ($ 333), 2016-2018.
  • Finalist for the UNC-ROMS department’s Graduate Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2018.

Services

  • GRA Faculty Liaison, 2018-present
  • Committee Member for the organization of the 24th Annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies, 2017-2018
  • Graduate Students Mentor Coordinator, 2015-2016
  • Committee Member of the Italian Literary Contest, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
  • Coordinator of the Italian Film Festival “Italia Oggi,” 2014-2015
  • Graduate Students Mentor, 2014-2015 and 2018-present

Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching Fellow (Instructor of record) in Italian and Spanish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 2014-present: 

  • ITAL 101, Elementary Italian I: 3 sections
  • ITAL 102, Elementary Italian II: 1 normal section and 1 summer section (35 hours)
  • ITAL 203, Intermediate Italian I: 2 sections
  • ITAL 204, Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 308, Playing Italy: History and Music of 20th century Italy, LAC (Languages Across the Curriculum) Recitation Section
  • ITAL 401, Beginning Accelerated Italian
  • SPAN 105, Spanish for High Beginners
  • SPAN 203, Intermediate Spanish I: 3 sections
  • Coordinator of the Intermediate Italian I level (ITAL 203) on Fall 2017

Visiting Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 2013-2014:

  • ITAL 101, Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 102, Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 203, Intermediate Italian I

Lecturer, Lorenzo De’ Medici School, Rome, Italy, 2012-2013:

  • ITAL 102, Elementary Italian II: 2 sections
  • Beginning to Early Intermediate Accelerated Italian: 3 levels/one-on-one independent study