Study Abroad

Faculty and Staff

Helena Fracchia (PhD, University of California Berkeley) Director of the University of Alberta School in Cortona, Professor of Classics in the Dept. of History and Classics, Adjunct Professor of Italian, Director of the University of Alberta Archaeological Field School at Ossaia. Dr. Fracchia has authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on the archaeology of pre-Roman and Roman Italy. Her current research focus is the Romanization of Italy in the regions of Tuscany and Basilicata. Dr. Fracchia has held numerous Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants for her work in Italy. She was the recipient of a McCalla Research Professorship and has been awarded a 2004 Killam Annual Professorship for excellence in teaching, research and service at the University of Alberta.

Ehud Ben Zvi (PhD, Emory University) - Professor of (ancient) History in the Dept. of History and Classics. Dr. Ben Zvi’s interests include ancient Israelite history and historiography, social memory in ancient Israel, the latter's intellectual history, and the prophetic and historiographical books. He has published extensively in these areas. His present focus is on social memory in Ancient Israel and the relation between social memory and historiography. (For more info about his publications click here). Dr. Ben Zvi has organized and led several important international research groups and initiatives. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and the first co-general editor of the series Ancient Near East Monographs (ANEM/MACO)—both open access—and has served as member of several other editorial boards. He has been the recipient of several academic awards and has held several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants to support his work.

Michael Caldwell (PhD, McGill University) - Michael completed two years of a University of Alberta B.A. in History/PoliSci from 1979-1981, and went to complete two complete undergraduate degrees at the University of Alberta (1986, B.P.Ed., Exercise Physiology; 1991, B.Sc., Honors Palaeontology). He went on to obtain his doctoral degree from McGill University (1995, Ph.D.). He was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (1996-’98), and a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature 1998-2000) before becoming an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta (2000). He is now Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology (cross appointed to Biological Sciences and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) and also serves as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. His research is focused on the palaeontology and evolution of squamate reptiles (snakes and lizards), and in particular on mosasaurs (gigantic extinct marine lizards) and fossil snakes. In 1997 he achieved international recognition for his collaborative work with Michael S.Y. Lee when they described the first known fossil snake with legs found in 95 million year old rocks near Jerusalem. Since then, he has authored more than 100 research papers examining the evolution and origins of snakes, mosasaurs and other lizards. His work, along with that of his graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, has taken him around the world digging fossils and studying specimens in museums across Europe, Argentina, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Australia and New Zealand, the Canadian Arctic and all of North America.

Maurizio Gualtieri (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) Professor Emeritus of History and Classics, University of Alberta, and Professor Emeritus of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology at the University of Perugia. His main research interests are pre-Roman and Roman Italy. He has written numerous articles and several books on that topic, with grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has directed the University of Alberta Field School in Italy at Roccagloriosa and at Oppido Lucano, where work is still on-going.

Anne Malena (PhD, Cornell University) is a Professor of French and Translation Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She has published The Negotiated Self: The Dynamics of Identity in Francophone Caribbean Narrative (New York: Peter Lang, 1998); French translations of two novels by Kristjana Gunnars (La Maraude, Leméac 1995, which was nominated for the Governor General Literary Award in Translation, and Degré Zéro, Leméac 1998); many chapters and articles in top journals specializing in Caribbean Studies, Translation Studies and Cultural Studies as well as translated short stories, essays and poetry. She is the Editor of TranscUlturAl: a Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies ( Her current book project involves documenting the history of translation in Louisiana.

Stefano Muneroni (PhD, Theatre History and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh) is Assistant Professor of Intercultural Theatre at the University of Alberta. He is a theatre historian, dramaturg and translator who taught in Italy, England, the U.S., and Canada. Recent dramaturgical credits include Yerma,Angels in America, The American Clock, Tales of the Lost Formicans, The Mill on the Floss, The Toxic Bus Incident, and Old Times. Recent translations include Xavier Villaurrutia’s El ausente, Osvaldo Dragún’s Tres historias para ser contadas, and Brad Levinson’s A Ritual of Faith. He received grants to conduct research in Honduras, Mexico and Argentina, was awarded the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for 2007-2008, and is the recipient of a 2012 KIAS Cluster Grant to research the post 9/11 Mexican-American border. He has published academic articles on Latin American theatre, religion and drama, and translation. He is currently working on an academic book about Jesuit theatre in the seventeenth century.

Local Faculty

Roberto Bondi (MA in Foreign Languages, University of Siena) holds a Certificate in “Second level DITALS – Didactics of Italian as Foreign Language” from the University for Foreigners in Siena and can teach advanced Italian language and literature (in addition to English, German and Spanish) and is also certified to test students who want to obtain a Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language at the University for Foreigners in Siena.

Alessandro Celani (PhD, University of Perugia) Taught art history at Richmond College, Rome; U of A alumni in Cortona; and at the University for Foreigners in Perugia. Author of numerous books and papers on topics in ancient, medieval and renaissance art, including his most publication: "A Certain Natural Pain: Helenistic Sculptures Between Sense and Meaning."

Valentina Raparelli (LLB, University of Rome “La Sapienza”; PhD, University of Naples) has published articles on multicultural society and immigration, and has lectured at the University of Perugia on Italian Constitutional History (“The Italian Political Parties and the Democratic State”, “The Welfare State”, “The Republican Constitution of 1948 and the Resistenza”, “Globalization and Crisis of the National State”, etc.). She is now a researcher at the following institutions: University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Perugia and University for Foreigners in Perugia.

Edmonton-Based Staff

Trevor Buckle and Andrei Tabirca 
Phone: (780) 492-4389 or 1-888-533-5735 (in Canada)
Fax: (780) 492-6325