Faculty and Staff for
Villanova University Vatican Internship Program
in cooperation with The College of Global Studies

Faculty Associated with Arcadia Center for Italian Studies in Rome

Dr. Alexander Auf der Heyde
Instructor, ROMA AHMH 320 Museum Practices in Rome: the History of Collecting and Exhibiting Works of Art
Alexander Auf der Heyde holds a Ph.D. in History of Art from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Italy Summa Cum Laude. His main interests are European art and literature of the Neoclassical and Romantic period. Among the highlights of his researches are the movements of artists and critics in the Napoleonic Era, Rudolf Eitelberger, the Vienna school of Art History (1848-70), and the role of visual arts during the process of nation-building in 19th Century Europe. His latest research focuses on the representation of History in 19th century painting in terms of stylistic and iconographic patterns. He encourages students to develop attitudes and techniques for lifelong learning by promoting their interests, social concerns and self-confidence. He provides students with the necessary methodological and intellectual tools which help them while orientating in an international academic context to transform their individual passions into concrete choices and promising professional careers.

Dr. Paola Cascinelli

Instructor, ROMA MGMT 353 Principles of Organizational Theory, Behavior, and Management
ROMA IBUS 30 Fundamentals of International Business

Paola Cascinelli holds a SESS Euro Ph.D. in Socio-Economic and Statistical studies at La Sapienza University of Rome. Her emphasis is in social representations and economic integration in the Mediterranean area. She was an exchange student at the Institute of European Studies (EEI), ULB, Brussels. At present, Dr. Cascinelli is a consultant in leadership, communication and team building for Think Thanks Srl a research and communication agency. She was an instructor of European Integration Policy for the Municipality of San Giorgio a Cremano (Na). She has served as a consultant to many other organizations such as the Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises National Confederation (CNA), European Parliament in Brussels, Centro Interdipartimentale UrbanEco, Studi della Società srl, Gragnano, Napoli and others.


Dr. Isabella Clough Marinaro
Instructor, ROMA RMML 350 At Home in Rome: Modern Life in the Eternal City

Isabella Clough Marinaro obtained her Ph.D. and BA in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Bath, UK, with a specialization in Italian and French. She has taught courses in Italian politics and society and language as well as ESL, and has given guest lectures on Italian Politics and Society at a number of educational venues. In addition, she served as a research assistant for The Aspen Institute and an assistant to the directors for The International Commission on the Balkans, both located in Berlin. Her academic publications and areas of expertise span a number of critical areas in contemporary Italy, including bio-politics, racism, gender relations and multiculturalism.

Dr. Alberto Corbino
ROMA SOCI 310S Italy: Organized Crime and Social Innovation

Alberto Corbino is one of Italy's foremost experts on the co-existence of legitimate and illegitimate systems of government and economies. Dr. Corbino is a human geographer from Naples, as well as a professor, writer, and community builder whose grandfather was one of the writers of the Italian Constitution. His wide knowledge base and his passion for his subject matter combined with his sense of humor make him a compelling lecturer. Dr. Corbino received degrees from the University of Padua and University of Naples - Federico II.

Dr. Margherita D'Ayala Valva
Instructor, ROMA SOIT 310 Food and its Visual Representations

Margherita D'Ayala is an art historian whose research directs currently toward the practice of art making as interpreted by the artists themselves, both in the context of the growing knowledge of art history and practice, and in light of a rapidly changing and dynamic culture. She has taught, researched and lectured widely and is the author of a number of textbooks, articles and reviews. She holds degrees from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Università degli studi di Firenze.

Moira Egan
Instructor, ROMA ENRW 350 Reading and Writing Rome

Moira Egan is a National Book Award nominated poet who lives in Rome. She is the author of numerous collections, including Spin (2010), Bar Napkin Sonnets #1-5 (2009), and Cleave (2004), the latter of which was the winner of the First Book Award, Washington Writers' Publishing House and a Finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. Ms. Egan has extensive teaching experience in creative writing and literature both in the US and abroad. She holds degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Aldo Fanchiotti
Instructor, ROMA ESSU 360 Sustainability: A Simple Thing That is Hard to Do

Aldo Fanchiotti is a senior professor and head of the School of Engineering's academic committee at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. Dr. Fanchiotti holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and, in addition to his full professorship in the area of Environmental Applied Physics, he has taught, researched, and published widely in his field. He has a particular research interest in solar and alternative energies.

Dr. Raffaele Furno
Instructor, ROMA THPR 310 Performance in Rome/Rome as Performance
ROMA TAAT 320S Taking it to the Stage: History of Modern Italian Theatre in Theory and Practice
Raffaele Furno just returned to Italy after over ten years in the United States teaching at Northwestern University. His experience and expertise in theatre and performance studies lends itself to the analysis of Rome as performance. A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several important research grants, Dr. Furno obtained degrees from Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples. His research interests include experimental theater, Japanese avant garde theater, Afro-Italian theater, and multiculturalism.

Dr. Jan Gadeyne
Instructor, ROMA ARRB 310 From Rome to Baghdad: Change and Continuity in the Ancient Mediterranean

Jan Gadeyne is an archaeologist and ancient art historian with a specialization in early Christian and late antique period Rome. Dr. Gadeyne has received numerous grants for excavation campaigns, particularly for the Roman villa on the Piano della Civita in Artena, as well as awards for research on the urban history of Rome between the 4th and 6th century. In addition to his extensive fieldwork, he has served as a professor, guest lecturer, and site visit facilitator for a number of sites pertaining to his research. He has published and presented widely in his field and has contributed to numerous television and radio documentaries. Dr. Gadeyne holds degrees from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Louvain, Belgium, and has undertaken coursework at both the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana in Rome and the Westfälische Wilhelmuniversität in Münster, Germany.

Dr. Stefania Gialdroni

Instructor, ROMA PSLH 360 Italian Political and Legal History since 1946

Stefania Gialdroni is a faculty member at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. Dr. Gialdroni teaches law at Roma Tre and has a passion for all things interconnected. Her focus on Italy, one of the world's most complex democracies, helps students to unravel the secrets of Italy's fascinating and confounding government. She completed a doctoral thesis in the history, sociology, anthropology and philosophy of European legal cultures which was accepted for joint candidature at the University of Milano-Bicocca and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, obtained her degree in law from Roma Tre and was a Fellow of the International Max-Planck Research School in Comparative Legal History in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Luigi Tocchetti
Instructor, ROMA IBUS 302 International Finance; ROMA MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing

Luigi Tocchetti is a business and investment consultant with 25 years of experience in the field. He serves as a Senior Financial Advisor for Banknord SIM S.p.A. in Rome, where he specializes in private wealth management. Additionally, he serves as partner, CEO and manager of Alice Pizza in Rome, a restaurant chain he plans to expand to Milan, Barcelona and London. He is also a funding partner for Sail Group SA de CV RL. His group is developing investment opportunities in Los Cabos.
Mr. Tocchetti holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York with concentrations in Finance and Strategic Management, and completed an international exchange at London Business School. In 1996 he received his undergraduate in Economics and Finance, Laurea from Universitá Di Napoli, Federico II where he also once served as an Assistant Professor. He was a member of first prize team in Philip Morris Contest for Best Marketing Strategy among student’s at all Italian universities in 1994.

Arcadia University Staff in Italy and U.S. supporting Villanova Initiative

Dennis Dutschke, Academic Dean
Tina Marisa Rocchio, Resident Director

Lorna Stern, Director of Strategic Development

Christopher Callas: Program Manager: Italy and Greece
Arlene Snyder, Director of Health, Safety and Security

Tim Barton, Director of Student Services
Kelly Lampe, Assistant Director for the Mid-Atlantic, Arcadia University
Rich Conroy: Logistical Support Manager/Travel