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Department of Italian and Italian Studies
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: (610) 526-5198
FAX: (610) 526-7479



Students Majoring in Italian

Major Representatives 2015/16

  • Mackenzie Crean
  • María Minaya
  • Stephanie Castro

Students Minoring in Italian

Profiles of Current Students

CastroStephanie Castro '16

Stephanie hails from Chicago, Illinois. She hopes to major in Political Science and will minor in Italian. Her interests include readingdystopian novels, desperately hoping Mexico's national sports teams will win their matches, spending time with her family, miniature dachshund, and cat. She also likes learning about the political affairs, social problems, and general daily lives and cultures of all countries, but especially the United States, Mexico, Italy, and the Maldives.

CerinzaBarbara Cerinza '16 is a sociology major and an Italian minor. She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She is a Boston Posse Scholar.

CreanMackenzie Crean '18

Mackenzie is an Italian and History of Art double major from Connecticut. She is interested in Modern and Contemporary art and Italian language and culture.


Rebecca L. Fisher  '17 Fisher

Rebecca is a Romance Language major at BMC studying French and Italian and a Peace, Justice and Human Rights concentrator at HC. She is originally from Philadelphia. She has always had a passion for learning languages and learning about other cultures. She loves traveling and seeing new places. 


GiovinoNatalie Giovino '17

Natalie plans on majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Italian. She comes from an Italian background, with three of her four grandparents born in Italy, so she has loved the food and culture from very early on. In 7th grade she began studying the language and hasn't stopped. Last summer she visited Italy for the first time on a family vacation, and this summer she won a scholarship to study at the Dante Alighieri School in Camerino. Having difficulty returning from her month-long trip, she hopes to study abroad in Italy for a full semester.


Kaylynn Mayo '17Kaylynn

Kaylynn is a student at Haverford College majoring in International Studies and minoring in Italian. Along with Italian, Kaylynn is passionate about art and started a shirt design brand, Rho, in 2014. She will study abroad in Rome in the Spring 2016 semester where she plans to fully indulge in Italian art, cuisine, and culture

Alexis McDonald '17 Alexis

Alexis is a history major and Italian Studies and Africana Studies double minor. She is interested in the African diaspora. From South Jersey, she loves to visit family in Philly to pet their dogs and go to new restaurants.

NickolsKatherine Nickols '17 

Katherine is a History major with an Italian minor, and a concentration in Sexuality,Gender and Race. She hopes this combination will provide a solid platform for a career within human rights law.


Laura Rodriguez '17 Rodriguez

I’m from sunny Los Angeles, California where the weather is almost always nice. I am a Mathematics major and Italian minor at Bryn Mawr College. In my spare time I like to watch documentaries, explore and eat food, and go to the beach with friends or family.

Mala SharmaMala Sharma '17 is a recent transfer student to Bryn Mawr College. As an Italianmajor with an Art minor she is pursuing Graphic Design. She hopes to join a design firm, perhaps one based in Italy! You'll surely see Mala skateboarding around campus, with helmet on, headphones in, and a vivacious smile.
VargasJoaquin Vargas '16

is a junior from snowy Bozeman, MT.  He is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Italian with interests also in gender and sexuality studies, music and education.  He is an intern at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, as well as an OAR intern.  In his spare time Joaquin loves to swim, watch movies, hang out with friends, explore and eat food, of course.  He just came back from studying abroad in Rome, Italy where he had the adventure of a lifetime; he is more than willing to talk with anyone about his time there, the Italian language, Rome, or Italy in general.

Students' Thoughts About the Italian Department

Studying Italian at Bryn Mawr was honestly one of the best decisions I could have made for my academic career. Ever since I began with Intermediate Italian as a freshman with Professor Roberta Ricci, I knew that this was a department I wanted to be a part of for all four years. The kindness and encouragement from everyone in the department really made me feel welcome as as nervous freshman, and their support through my senior year has helped me get through a lot of stressful times! Although Bryn Mawr is a small school, there are so many opportunities to learn about the Italian culture outside of the area, especially in Philadelphia. For one class, we attended a Jovanotti concert, and one of the Italian Club events was a visit to the Italian market in South Philly. For such a small department to hold such events shows how everyone in the department is close to one another. While I witnessed a lot of changes to the staff in the department, each new professor has been equally as excited to teach here as I was to learn from them. The courses that the Italian department offers are varied, which is also imressive for a such small school. I came into Bryn Mawr knowing that I wanted to perfect my skills at the Italian language and learn about any aspect of the culture I could, and I did that. In fact, my knowledge of the Italian language helped me get a job at an international law firm in New York City, where I will be translating briefs and other documents from Italian into English for the associates at the firm. I am confident that I will be able to use the skills I learned from taking classes in the Italian department in all aspects of my life, for years to come.  (Adriana Volterra, '2015)

I have felt welcomed and supported by the Italian department from the very beginning and the professors here have challenged me to accomplish things I never imagined I would, such as spending an entire year abroad in Bologna, Italy. Even before leaving for Italy, I had already interacted with native speakers in a number of exciting and engaging ways. For example, in my sophomore year our class went to a concert in Philadelphia to hear traditional Italian music live and afterwards, we got to mingle with the band! The department is always searching for new and creative ways to give students real world practice and we are constantly being informed about the many summer opportunities that are available. For instance, two years ago I participated in a video contest run by the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia and won a month of summer study in Siena, including housing. Studying Italian has even gotten me my first job coming out of college. I will be a Teaching Assistant in Milan with the SITE program and I am beyond excited to continue immersing myself in this beautiful culture.
(Cindy Columbus ’14)

"The Italian Department at Bryn Mawr provides a unique academic environment for its students that you could not find elsewhere. Although the department is small, the size allows for a very hands-on, personal experience for anyone interested in studying Italian. Not only do we have introductory courses and lower level courses that address Italian culture, but we also explore intricate aspects of advanced Italian through different types of literature, from modern-day to the Renaissance literature. While studying Italian at Bryn Mawr, the students are able to develop close relations with the professors and other students of Italian through classroom experiences, Italian teas and special dinners. Additionally, we are connected to many resources, including outside scholarships, the Italian consulate and multiple study abroad programs. Overall, majoring/minoring in Italian at Bryn Mawr College is a great experience that is not only intellectually stimulating, but also allows the students to explore outside interests, such as culture. I am extremely happy with my choice to major in Italian and to be able to learn about and partake in such a wonderful language and culture." (Mairin O'Connor '13)

"As an Italian major at Bryn Mawr College, I have come to see how wonderful Italian really is.  The Italian Department is a an asset to any student willing to learn about the Italian language as well as culture and literature studies.  The language courses help you develop correct grammar and pronunciation skills – regardless of your level.  The upper level courses, mostly literature courses, are an excellent way of exploring the different changes that have undergone in Italian literature, which reflect their culture as well.  From the Renaissance to modern day literature, Bryn Mawr’s Italian Department has it all!  The Department also offers cross-listed courses, so you don’t have to be a student of Italian to come check one of the classes out.  With professors that really give their all in teaching and helping students feel comfortable inside and outside the classroom, they can be quickly seen as family.  Studying Italian has been one of the best decisions I’ve done!  If you have the opportunity of taking an Italian class, I would recommend you to do so. " (Vicky López  '13)

"By my senior year I realized I had many academic interests and I had the pleasure and opportunity to see the Italian Department grow as I grew. History, fashion, psychology, religion, sociology, literature and more can all be found in the Italian Department, and that is what I loved most about being an Italian major. Everything I wanted was already there, and I was able to also work on improving my romance language skills at the same time. I am most appreciative of the space and freedom I was given in pursuing my thesis topic. I was able to combine literary analysis with history and sociology to talk about Italian colonialism in Somalia, focusing it through the work of Igiaba Scego, an Italian author of Somalian descent. I felt supported from freshman year to senior year. Given the opportunity I would choose Italian again, and I would likely take more language courses as well." (Allegra Fletcher '12)

"I never dreamt of learning Italian, let alone majoring in it. I loved my first year Elementary class with Professor Ute Striker; in fact, the German’s passion of Italian literature and culture pulled me deeper into the loving, wonderful, family-like world of the Italian Department. I have enjoyed all my classes and have developed close friendships with most of my professors and fellow majors. We met regularly for dinners and lunches, or for a good cup of caffè, and had a good time together (though this was perhaps due to my own overly-enthusiastic passion for food). The classes, ranging from Dante and Renaissance to a study of Primo Levi and other Holocaust-related works, were wonderfully insightful and taught me a great deal about our world. As the senior Italian major representative 2008-09, I had the honor of getting the whole department together for dinners and teas (not quite like the old English Victorian-style tea parties, I imagine, but fun nonetheless), and talk to the prospective majors about my own experiences. Now that I am starting at Jefferson Medical College this August (2009), I feel happy and proud of having written my Italian thesis on Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, and I feel nothing but love for my Italian family. I am especially thankful to all my professors for introducing me to this wonderful culture, and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to study abroad in Siena and meet the fun, lively people of Tuscany." (Pritika Gupta '09)

Alumanae and Alumni List

Class of 2015
Lindsay Burak
Michelle Hughes
Brandon Kelly
Meghan Sanchez
Ellie Steward
Adriana Volterra
Siqi Wang
Maya Yu Zhang

Class of 2014
Camila Aguais
Victoria Bindert 
Cynthia Columbus 
Amanda Filmyer 
Sarah Fedorko Macholdt 
Sara Price 
Jadil Rodriguez
Laura Silla
Sofia-Bella Vitale-Gill 
Vanessa M. Gonzalez

Class of 2013
Josephine Nyame 
Victoria López
Mairin O’ Connor
Zoe Guastella
Anaka Allen
Grace Choang (HC)

Class of 2012
Allegra Fletcher 
Minerva Pinto 

Class of 2011
Gretchen Karin Knoth
Kelsey Lee Lynch

Class of 2010
Chelsea Coate, Romance Languages (Italian/French)
Ingrid Karin Nieters
Jessamine Skye Newton Kelley
Jillian Amelia Ferrara
Maria Fernanda Miranda

Class of 2009
Pritika Gupta (Double major: Italian/Biology, Haverford)
Allegra Garabedian
Romance languages
Aliette Gonzales

Class of 2008
Anna Dejdar
Stephanie Michele Heslop
Rachel Harriet Lavenda 
Jessica Harriet Lee 
Laurel Dineen Pellegrino 
Elizabeth Rachel Schwartz 
Lydia Vasco (Comparative Literature/ Italian/Political Science)

Class of 2007
Chelsea Card (Haverford College)
Frances Catherine Edwards (Spanish/Italian)
Lavinia Eugenia Fiamma 
Margaret Ann Folcarelli (Italian/French)
Flicka Catherine Michaels (French/Italian)
Latoya Celeste Richardson

Class of 2006
Erin Bagus (Comparative Literature/ Italian/Philosophy, Haverford College)
Charlotte Elizabeth Haimes
Kathryn Dorothy Matney

Class of 2005
Alani Rosa Hicks-Bartlett (triple major: Italian/French/Spanish) 
Annabella Cathryne Rutigliano 
Olivia Thomas Byron