Study Abroad

Faculty and Staff

Helena Fracchia (PhD, University of California Berkeley) Director of the University of Alberta School in Cortona; Professor Emeritus of Classics; Adjunct Professor of Italian; Scientific 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.

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.

Valentina Galvani (PhD, Krannert School of Business, Purdue University) Assistant Professor, Department of Economics. Her early research contributions, stemming from my doctoral work, are in the field of General Equilibrium in asset markets, and examine the role of derivative contracts in efficient markets in infinite dimensional spaces (Lp spaces).

Over the last six years, with two six-month interruptions for maternity leaves, she has been expanding her expertise in the field of Applied Financial Economics. The latest financial crisis has had a significant impact in shaping her current research agenda. Her interests veered from debating how derivatives help making a competitive security market more likely to deliver efficient allocations to examining the causes of market instability, with a focus on cross-asset flights and negative contagion. This surge of interest in market instability has been probably reinforced by a family life blessed by lively young kids.

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.

John Lawrence Dennis (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) has, for the last 15 years, been doing research on the mechanisms that underlie self-regulation and motivation in general, primarily in the domains of goals, ownership, morality and culture and is currently funded by the EU and the Templeton Foundation. He currently teaches at Catholic University of the Sacred HeartUniversity of Perugia, and The Umbra Institute. In his "spare time" he also runs Melioravit, a scientific communication company that helps researchers and Fortune 500 companies better communicate science and  does psychological consultations utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques.