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2021 News

Congratulations to Professor Angela Porcarelli!

Dr. Porcarelli, Senior Lecturer in Italian, was awarded Emory’s Winship Award to create a virtual and physical exhibition on the work of Federico Fellini, to be hosted by the Carlos Museum!

ECLC Winners

Congratulations to our two students Kailey Nelson (French) and Qifan Wang (Italian) who have both been awarded the Excellence in Language Studies Award! Félicitations et Congratulazioni!


2020 News

Congratulations to Professor Subha Xavier and Senior Lecturer Christine Ristaino on recent accomplishments!

Senior Lecturer Christine Ristaino won the 2020 IndieReader Discovery Award in the Women’s Issues category for her memoir, All the Silent Spaces. Additionally, she was a finalist in the Women’s Issues as well as Social Change categories of the 2019 American Book Fest Awards.

Professor Subha Xavier was selected for a Senior Fellowship in 2020-2021 with the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry! The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry announces up to four annual internal Fellowships available to tenured members of the Emory University faculty for an academic year of study and residence in the Center. Professor Xavier will use this fellowship for completion of her upcoming book, Transcultural Fantasies: China, France, and the History of Sino-French Literary Exchange.

Congratulations to our graduating senior recipients of the 2020 Bray Prize: Natalia Garzon and Bridget Mahony!


Bridget Mahony

Congratulations to our graduating senior recipients of the 2020 ECLC Excellence in Language Studies Award: Beom Joon (Brian) Kim in Italian and Sophia Minnillo in French!

Beom Joon (Brian) Kim is a senior from South Korea majoring in Economics and Italian Studies. Although he has been studying different subjects, Brian wants to be an opera singer after graduating Emory. Brian is accepted to several music conservatories including Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently trying to decide where to start his life as a singer.

Sophia Minnillo is graduating this spring with a double major in French Studies and Linguistics. Through the support of the ECLC, the Halle Institute, and the Fox Center, Sophia commenced her thesis research in specialized collections of French language pedagogy texts in Sèvres, France. Sophia received Highest Honors on her thesis through the mentorship of Dr. Yun Kim, Dr. Lilia Coropceanu, and Dr. Alexander Mendes. Sophia looks forward to pursuing graduate studies next year.

Congratulations are in order for recent accomplishments in the department! 

  • Franck Adrianarivo received a competitive Dean’s Teaching Fellowship from the Laney Graduate School, as well as a Special Perry Supplemental Funding Award from the department of French and Italian.
  • Jane Battisson received the department’s Perry Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
    Congratulazioni to two of our Faculty members in Italian Studies!
  • Dr. Rhia Kilpatrick Moreno, our visiting instructor of Italian Studies, successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Georgia.
  • Professor Simona Muratore received the 2020 ECLC Excellence in Language Teaching Award.

Welcoming Assistant Professor of Italian Studies Achille Castaldo in Fall of 2020!

Achille Castaldo earned a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Rome in 2012, and a PhD in Romance Studies (Italian and French) from Duke University in 2019. His research focuses on the relationships between ideology, literature, and visual arts, with a specific interest in the video essay as a tool for film analysis. He has published articles on Italian literature, French and Italian cinema, and the intersections between film and painting.

He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Excessive Reality and Literary Experience: Naples and its Narratives in the Years of the Interregnum, which focuses on literary and visual works that emerged during historical moments of crisis (particularly the years following World War II), which have shed light on the darkness of social relations.

Department Chair Valérie Loichot's new book!

Congratulations to Professor Valérie Loichot on the publication of her new book, Water Graves, which explores aesthetic ways of memorializing the desecrated drowned in the aftermath of the Middle Passage and Katrina. The book focuses on poetry, mixed media art, and underwater sculptures produced in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast. Read more on her book at:

Professor Bruyère's new book!

Congratulations to Professor Vincent Bruyère on the publication of his new book, Perishability Fatigue, published with Columbia University Press. Read more on Professor Bruyère's book at: