Modern Languages

Chiara De Santi

Assistant Professor 10 Months Email Memorial Hall, Room 215

Chiara De Santi (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at Farmingdale State College (FSC), where she teaches courses in Italian language, culture, and cinema, and international cinema, in face-to-face, synchronous, hybrid, and online modalities. She is the Italian language coordinator and the advisor of the Minor in Italian Studies. In the fall of 2022, she designed the first two semesters of Russian to be included in the catalog starting the fall of 2023. At FSC, she fosters the introduction of COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) in the curriculum, having collaborated with Italy, Japan, Mexico, and South Africa. Before joining Farmingdale State College in the fall of 2017, Dr. De Santi taught for several years at the State University of New York at Fredonia as a Lecturer.

Her research interests include Italian as a second language, Italian cinema, literature, and history, and Russian language and history. Her scholarly contributions have appeared in Cinema e StoriaThe Journal of Language Teaching and TechnologyTeaching Italian Language and Culture Annual (TILCA), Mosaic, Cultura e Comunicazione, L'Anello che non tieneDigital Georgetown, Griselda Online, Insula Europea, Faculty Research Network, and Slavia.

Her PhD dissertation from the European University Institute on the sovietization of Central Asia in the 1920s was published as a book in 2009. More recently, she co-edited a volume on Passato e presente nel cinema italiano. Storia e società sul grande schermo [Past and Present in the Italian Cinema: History and Society on the Silver Screen] (Vecchiarelli Editore, Manziana 2022). With Francesca Calamita (University of Virginia), she is co-authoring a textbook of Italian in two volumes: DiversITALY: Elementary Italian with Inclusive Language and Gender Equality - Volume 1 (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2022). The second volume is expected in 2023. Dr. De Santi is also finalizing a monograph on Italian intellectuals traveling to the USSR in the 1950s: Privet, compagne e compagni! Intellettuali in Unione Sovietica negli anni Cinquanta (Le Lettere, Florence, forthcoming, 2023).

Selected publications and presentations are listed below.

Courses Taught

ITA 121 (First Semester Italian) 

MLG 201 (Italian Food Culture and History) 

MLG 300 (International Cinema) 

MLG 301 (Italian Cinema) 

MLG 306 (Italian Culture and Civilization) 

 

Education

  • PhD, French and Italian (Italian; Minor: History), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • PhD, History and Civilization (History), European University Institute, 2009
  • MRes, History and Civilization (Masters of Research: History), European University Institute, 2004
  • Laurea (MA), Languages, Literatures, and Intercultural Studies (Foreign Languages: Russian and French), University of Florence, Italy, 2001 – Summa cum Laude

Publications

  • Chiara De Santi, DiversITALY: Elementary Italian with Inclusive Language & Gender Equality -- Volume 1, co-authored with Francesca Calamita, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt (2022).
  • Chiara De Santi, "'Focaccia Blues' e il conflitto sul gusto tra globalizzazione e omogeneizzazione culturale ['Focaccia Blues' and the Conflict over Taste between Globalization and Cultural Homogenization]" in C. De Santi and F. Colleoni (Eds.), Passato e presente nel cinema italiano. Storia e società sul grande schermo [Past and Present in Italian Cinema: History and Society on the Silver Screen], Manziana, Rome, Italy: Vecchiarelli Editore (2022), pp. 249-290.
  • Chiara De Santi(Ed.), , Co-edited with F. Colleoni: Passato e presente nel cinema italiano. Storia e società sul grande schermo [Past and Present in Italian Cinema: History and Society on the Silver Screen], Manziana, Rome, Italy: Vecchiarelli Editore (2022).
  • Chiara De Santi, with F. Colleoni: "Introduzione [Introduction]" in C. De Santi and F. Colleoni (Eds.), Passato e presente nel cinema italiano. Storia e società sul grande schermo [Past and Present in Italian Cinema: History and Society on the Silver Screen], Manziana, Rome, Italy: Vecchiarelli Editore (2022), pp. 11-29.
  • Chiara De Santi, "An Interview to Arturo Larcati about Stefan Zweig: Austrian-Italian-American Perspectives" (Spring-Fall 2013-14; published in 2021), L’Anello che non tiene, 25-26(1-2) 2021, 54-60.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Connecting Content to the World Outside the Classroom in Hybrid Classes" in Curriculum Innovation for Transformative Learning, : Faculty Research Network (FRN) (2021).
  • Chiara De Santi, "Between Interdisciplinarity and Experiential Learning in Online and Hybrid Culture Courses", ILCC Challenges in the 21st Century Italian Classroom (Digital Georgetown), 1 2020, 30-49.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Building Self-Confidence and Motivation through Readers Theater: Integrating Jhumpa Lahiri’s 'In altre parole' in the Italian Class", The Journal of Language Teaching and Technology, 2019(2) 2020, 20.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Il mio 11 settembre nel marzo del 2020. Non quasi, ma tutto online ai tempi del coronavirus [My September 11 in March 2020: Not Almost, but All Online in Times of Coronavirus]", Griselda Online: Il portale di Letteratura (University of Bologna, Italy), 2020.
  • Chiara De Santi, "(E-)Portfolios as a Final Project in Language Classes", Mosaic, 12(2) 2019, 179-186.
  • Chiara De Santi, "La violazione di una nazione: Rosetta e Cesira ne 'La ciociara' di Vittorio De Sica [The Violation of a Nation: Rosetta and Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s 'La ciociara']", Cultura e Comunicazione (Perugia, Italy: Guerra Publishing), VIII(13) 2018, 16-23, 90-92.
  • Chiara De Santi, "L’insegnamento della lingua e della cultura italiana attraverso la gastronomia: cuciniamole! [Teaching Italian Language and Culture through Gastronomy: Let’s Cook Them!]", TILCA, Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual, (Innovation in Italian Programs and Pedagogy) 2018, 108-125.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Lezioni accademiche, lezioni pratiche: l’insegnamento della cultura italiana tra storia e gastronomia [Academic Lessons, Practical Lessons: Teaching Italian Culture between History and Gastronomy]", Cultura e Comunicazione (Perugia, Italy: Guerra Publishing), VIII(12) 2018, 12-17, 48.
  • Chiara De Santi, “'Eat First': Martin Scorsese’s Mother and Italian-American Gastronomy, Family Values in Film" in T. Lobalsamo, A. Pasquali and C. Lebrec (Eds.), Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Portions, Ottawa: Legas Publishing (2017), 129-142.
  • Chiara De Santi, "L’americanizzazione negli anni Cinquanta tra 'Roman Holiday' e 'Un americano a Roma' [The Americanization in the 1950s between 'Roman Holiday' and 'Un americano a Roma']", Cinema e storia (Rubbettino), V 2016, 97-110.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Alberto Moravia in Uzbekistan nel 1956 tra eurocentrismo, orientalismo e colonialismo [Alberto Moravia in Uzbekistan in 1956 between Eurocentrism, Orientalism, and Colonialism]", Cultura e Comunicazione, VI(09) 2016, 30-36, 88-90.
  • Chiara De Santi, "I ‘romanzi di voci’ di Svetlana Alexievich (Premio Nobel per la Letteratura 2015) [The ‘Novels of Voices’ by Svetlana Alexievich (Nobel Prize for Literature 2015)]", Insula Europea, 2015.
  • Chiara De Santi, "La coscienza linguistica dei parlanti nativi tra italiano e dialetto: il caso toscano [The Linguistic Awareness of Native Speakers between Italian and the Dialect: The Tuscan Case]", Cultura e Comunicazione, V(6) 2015, 10-15, 54.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Il Risorgimento di Roberto Faenza via Federico De Roberto: 'I Vicerè' come specchio di un’Italia immobile [The Risorgimento of Roberto Faenza via Federico De Roberto: 'The Viceroys' as a Mirror of an Immobile Italy]" in F. Orsitto (Ed.), Cinema e Risorgimento. Visioni e re-visioni. Da 'Noi credevamo' a 'La presa di Roma', Manziana: Vecchiarelli Editore (2012), pp. 273-294.
  • Chiara De Santi, "Between Novel, Biography, and Autobiography: The Father-Daughter Relationship in Anna Banti’s 'Artemisia'" in I. Larco and F. Cecchini (Eds.), Italian Women and Autobiography. Ideology, Discourse, Identity in Female Life Narratives: From Fascism to the Present, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2011), pp. 31-54.
  • Chiara De Santi, Strategies of Sovietization in Central Asia: The Red Cross and the Red Crescent, the Hujum, and the Purges, 1924-1930, Köln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing (2009).
  • Chiara De Santi, "L’Alta Val d’Elsa nella 'Divina Commedia' [The Alta Val d’Elsa in the 'Divine Comedy']", Miscellanea Storica della Valdelsa, 1-3(306-8) 2007, 61-94.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Cultural Revolution and Resistance in Uzbekistan during the 1920s. New Perspectives on the Woman Question” in P. Sartori and T. Trevisani (Eds.), Patterns of Transformation In and Around Uzbekistan, Reggio Emilia, Italy: Diabasis (2007), pp. 51-89.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Marriage Practices: Central Asia” in EWIC-Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Vol. 3, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers (2006).
  • Chiara De Santi, “Political-Social Movements: Feminist: Central Asia” in EWIC-Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Vol. 2, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers (2005).
  • Chiara De Santi, “Religious Associations: Central Asia” in EWIC-Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Vol. 2, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers (2005).
  • Chiara De Santi, “La legislazione sovietica di famiglia in Asia centrale (1917-1929) [Soviet Legislation on the Family in Central Asia (1917-1929)]” in C. Carpinelli (Ed.), Donne e povertà nella Russia di El’cin, Milan, Italy: Franco Angeli (2004), pp. 209-234.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Storie di donne uzbeke tra emancipazione e tradizione (1924-1928) [Stories of Uzbek Women between Emancipation and Tradition (1924-1928)]”, Slavia, XII(4) 2003, 119-141.

Presentations

  • Chiara De Santi, “Non tutto il male viene per nuocere durante una pandemia: Connecting Teaching, Scholarship, and Service in a Virtuous Circle.” Paper presented to the Italian Language and Culture Conference: Connections, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. on October 15, 2022.
  • Chiara De Santi, “"Challenges and Successes in Teaching Italian Food Culture and History".” Paper presented to the American Association of Teachers of Italian Annual Symposium, Lucca, Italy on May 28, 2022.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Creating a COIL Infrastructure at Farmingdale State College.” Paper presented to the 2022 SUNY Student Success Summit Holistic Approaches to Student Success, Virtual on May 4, 2022.
  • Chiara De Santi, “How COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Contributes to Creating a More Inclusive Classroom(with Rocío Hernandez Larríba, Tecnologico de Monterrey-Queretaro, Mexico).” Paper presented to the Rutgers University and Farmingdale State College Conference about “Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Language and Culture Classroom", Virtual on April 8, 2022.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Coming to Terms with Mafia: 'La mafia uccide solo d'estate' between Documentary and Fiction.” Paper presented to the NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Conference, on March 12, 2022.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Collaborating Internationally in Pandemic Times: Learning Intercultural Communication Through Digital Storytelling Projects (with Rocío Hernandez Larríba, Tecnologico de Monterrey-Queretaro, Mexico).” Paper presented to the SUNYCoW Conference on “Scarcity and Abundance: Cultivating Community and Expertise in Uncertain Times", Virtual on October 23, 2021.
  • Chiara De Santi, “'Italy in a Day' Now: A Social Documentary by Gabriele Salvatores.” Paper presented to the NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Conference, on March 13, 2021.
  • Chiara De Santi, “"Communicating and Forging Connections across the Disciplines".” Paper presented to the NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Conference, on March 11, 2021.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Connecting Content to the World outside the Classroom in Hybrid Classes.” Seminar presented to Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, Curriculum Innovation for Transformative Learning, Remotely on November 20, 2020.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Engaging in Cross-disciplinary International Collaboration through COIL.” Paper presented to the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA), Boston on March 7, 2020.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Between Interdisciplinarity and Experiential Learning in Online and Hybrid Culture Courses.” Paper presented to the Italian Language and Culture Conference: Challenges in the 21st Century Italian Classroom, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. on October 26, 2019.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Switching Class Format to a Hybrid and Online One: How to Engage Students.” Paper presented to the AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) Annual Conference at Marist College, on May 31, 2019.
  • Chiara De Santi, “The Americanization of Italy in the 1950s: Constructing Italianness in 'Roman Holiday' and 'Un americano a Roma'.” Paper presented to the Eye-centricity and the Visual Cultures of Italy and Its Diaspora (Queens College), New York City on April 26, 2019.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Going Hybrid: Blending Italian and International Cinema Classes.” Paper presented to the Northeast Modern Language Association (50th Annual Convention), Washington D.C. on March 23, 2019.
  • Chiara De Santi, “From Youth to Golden Years: Women in 'The Salt of Life' by Gianni Di Gregorio.” Paper presented to the Northeast Modern Language Association (50th Anniversary Convention), Washington D.C. on March 22, 2019.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Building Self-Confidence through the Reader’s Theater: Jhumpa Lahiri Enters the Italian Classroom.” Paper presented to the Language as Communication and Literacy: Bridging languages and cultures in the modern classroom, Hyatt Regency New Brunswick (host university: Rutgers) on February 1, 2019.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Writing about Film: From Reading to the Digital Presentation Via the Traditional Essay.” Paper presented to the SUNY Council on Writing Conference (SUNY CoW Conference 2018), Farmingdale State College on October 20, 2018.
  • Chiara De Santi, “The Violation of a Nation: Rosetta and Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s 'La ciociara'.” Paper presented to the Corporeal Restrictions, Embodied Freedoms: Italian Interventions on the Body, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College on April 28, 2018.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Seeing through the Senses: Italian Gastronomy in Film.” Paper presented to the Northeast Modern Languages Association, Pittsburgh, PA on April 14, 2018.
  • Chiara De Santi, “Teaching Italian Language and Culture through Its Cuisine.” Paper presented to the Italian Language and Culture Conference: Innovation in Italian Programs and Pedagogy, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. on October 21, 2017.
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