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Rosario Pollicino

Title: Instructor of Italian
Department: Languages, Literatures & Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Office Bldg. 617
Rosario Pollicino


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Western University, Ontario
  • M.A. Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut
  • M.A. Didactics of Italian as a Foreign/Second Language, (cum laude) Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy
  • Certification DITALS I and DITALS II (Certificate of Competence in Teaching Italian to Foreigners) DITALS centre, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy
  • B.A. Modern Foreign Languages - English, French and Spanish – (cum laude), Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

Rosario Pollicino is Instructor in Italian Studies at the University of South Carolina. His scholarly interests include literary, cultural, documentary and film studies. Specifically, his interdisciplinary interests focus on Transnational Italy and Mediterranean studies. His comparative approach intertwines with Postcolonial literature and cultural production, migration,  diaspora and trauma studies.   

His book manuscript, tentatively entitled “Postcolonial Trauma in the Mediterranean: the Italian-Libyan transnational community” aims to retrieve the Italian settlers’ collective (and traumatic) memory originating from the colonial period in Libya. His scholarly articles have been published in Quaderni d’Italianistica and NeMLA-Italian Studies. Beside his book manuscript, he is currently working on another article at the intersection of post-colonial and Italian-American studies. He also specializes in the pedagogy of Italian as a foreign/second language, particularly in the investigation of new approaches to face-to-face and online teaching. He has been teaching Italian language, literature and culture for 10 years in both the lower and  the upper-division section of the curriculum as well as French and Spanish language courses. Before joining the University of South Carolina he taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Connecticut, Fordham University, St. Johns University, Wagner College, amongst others.

From 2013 to 2017 he served as Directory Board member and Italian Language Education Director of the non–profit organization New York Italians, New York City.

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