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Simona MuratoreAssociate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate StudiesItalian


PhD in Italian Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006


Simona Muratore, 2020 Recipient of the Excellence in Language Teaching Award

Senior Lecturer in Italian (PhD in Italian Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006): Language & cultural acquisition; advanced grammar and composition; Italian art, film and literature; community-engaged learning partnerships; Italian migrant literature; social media and social transformation; the Slow Food Movement; sustainable food.

Dr. Muratore is a graduate of the Università degli Studi di Firenze, where she earned a degree in pedagogy (Diploma di laurea in Pegagogia, 1996). In 1997, Dr. Muratore started teaching Italian language, culture and art in her native city of Florence, Italy, and subsequently, at several private and public institutions throughout, Italy, Australia and the United States. In 2003, Dr. Muratore earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, in 2006, a PhD in Italian Literature.

Dr. Muratore joined the Emory University Italian Studies Program as a Lecturer in 2006 and since then she has designed and taught several courses in Italian language, culture, literature and film. For the past several years, Dr. Muratore has been working in the design and implementation of a pedagogical approach to second language acquisition through a multidisciplinary analysis of the social and cultural forces that ushered the emergence of the Slow Food Movement: A decentralized social movement that originated in Italy in the early 1990’s to promote the implementation of “good, clean and fair” food production practices around the world.

Dr. Muratore has recently published a book chapter entitled, “The Language of Italian Food and the Flavors of Sustainability: Think Globally, Act Locally” for the volume Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education, in their Ecocrititcal Theory and Practice Series, edited by Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson for Second Language Acquisition and Identity. She was also co-convener for the African Literature Association Conference, a global gathering that took place in Atlanta, GA, in April 2016.

Dr. Muratore established the Italian Business Night which is an opportunity for Emory students to meet and engage with Italian businesses located in the Metro Atlanta area. The Italian Business Night seeks to highlight how communication and other soft skills learned in foreign language study work in partnership to enhance job-specific expertise. With the success of the Italian Business Night, Dr. Muratore has won the ECLC's Curriculum Development Award for the 2019-2020 academic year to develop a new course that brings her research and expertise into the classroom.