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Teaching Professor of Italian

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Italian Language Instruction

Undergraduate and Study Abroad Italian Advisor | Dey 140

At UNC since 2005


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Romance Languages: Italian Literature  (2005)

MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Romance Languages  (1999)

BA, Tufts University, Anthropology and Sociology, summa cum laude (1992)


Amy Chambless is in charge of the undergraduate program in Italian. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses of all levels, she works closely with graduate teaching fellows and coordinates the efforts of all curricular and extracurricular offerings for undergraduates. She loves teaching Italian language classes, as well as courses in food, culture, literature, and film.  She is the Undergraduate Advisor for Italian and is always happy to talk to students about the Italian Major and Minor as well as Study-Abroad opportunities in Italy. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Romance Studies Department and the Liaison for UNC’s Office for Undergraduate Research. In this capacity, she is eager to make students of all languages aware of research and innovative experiences in our field, to talk with them about their ideas, and to help them identify faculty collaborators. She is currently involved in pedagogical projects related to immersive technologies and diversity in cultural approaches to foreign language teaching.

Typical Courses

  • ITAL 101 – Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 102 – Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 203 – Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 204 – Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 300 – Communication in Italian: Media, Culture and Society
  • ITAL 310 – Advanced Italian Conversation
  • ITAL 331 – Italian Civilization II
  • ITAL 333 – Italian Film and Culture
  • ITAL 335 – Special Topics in Italian Film
  • ITAL 343 – Italian Culture Today
  • ITAL 345 – Italian Women Writers
  • ITAL 365 – Italian Food and Culture