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Santa Casciani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Italian
Director, Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies

Dr. Santa Casciani, is Associate Professor of Italian language and literature at John Carroll. She has developed under-graduate courses dealing with Italian and Italian American issues. She has published extensively in Italian literature, including work focused on authors such as Dante and Michelangelo. She is also the Director of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University.

Before coming to John Carroll to direct the Bishop Pilla Program in 1999, Dr. Casciani held faculty positions at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri at Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. in Italian at the Ohio State University, and her B.A. in Italian and English at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She was born in L’Aquila, Italy, and immigrated to Rochester, New York, as a teenager.

Spring 2013




Luigi G. Ferri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Italian
Co-Director, International Business with Language and Culture

Dr. Luigi G. Ferri is Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature at John Carroll.  He graduated in 1998 from Università degli Studi di Urbino – Italy with a doctoral degree in Education (specialization in Foreign Languages and Literatures), and in 2003 he earned a Ph. D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also developed a course of Italian for Business.  Before joining John Carroll University, Dr. Ferri held a faculty position at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.

He has published scholarly articles on Alessandro Manzoni and Carlo Emilio Gadda, and a book of short stories titled “Resurrecturis”.  His research and teaching interests include all levels of Italian language (including Italian for Business and Finance), Italian modern literature, Italian opera of the 19th and 20th century, Italian politics, and the relationship between Italian intellectuals and Fascism.

Spring 2013






Claudia Capuano, M.A.
Lecturer in Italian

A Native of Torino, home of the famous FIAT car company and first capitol city of the united Italy, Claudia was born in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a thriving northern Italian city but raised with Calabrese and Neapolitan values.

After graduating from the G. Colombatto Hotel Management School, the University of Torino opened Claudia to a world of tourism and foreign languages (English, Spanish, and French). Working in the tourism industry was her dream until, in 2004, she joined a reputable study abroad program to tutor and teach Italian to collegians from all over the world.

A year after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Foreign Languages, Claudia left her Bel Paese for a teaching assistantship at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. In 2010 she earned her M.A. in ESL (English as a Second Language), and since then has been volunteering as an English teacher for the immigrant community of Toledo. As a result of her four years of experience teaching English and Italian as a foreign language, Claudia became interested in the research on Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, and Modern Pedagogy.

In the fall of 2010 she joined the CMLC Department as a lecturer of Italian as she plans on growing as an Italian instructor within the rich Italian American Community of Cleveland.

Spring 2013

  • Office: OC 141
  • Office Hours: M/W 2-3 pm
  • Phone: (216) 397-1796
  • E-Mail: cdoria@jcu.edu

Sara Iammarino, D.M.L
Lecturer in Italian

Spring 2013 - not teaching



Giuseppina Mileti, M.A.
Lecturer in Italian

Coordinator for the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies

Giuseppina Mileti is Adjunct Instructor of Italian language at John Carroll University, and Coordinator of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies. Since her arrival to John Carroll University in 1995, Mrs. Mileti has been teaching Italian language and culture courses at all levels. Mrs. Mileti develops and teaches enrichment courses and organizes related educational trips to Italy. She works as a liaison between the Bishop Pilla Program and the Italian American community of Northeast Ohio, by coordinating the Program’s lectures, fundraisers, and social events. Mrs. Mileti also promotes the Italian language in high schools and cooperates with Italian American associations in the Cleveland area, working to bring the Italian language to high school curricula. She is a point of reference for students of Italian seeking scholarships from Italian American organizations at the local and national level. In 1995 she started the JCU Italian Club, for which she is the moderator, working closely with the students to help plan cultural, recreational, and service activities and events.

After receiving her degree in languages in Italy, Mrs. Mileti taught English for over 10 years in Italian middle schools and high schools. Before coming to John Carroll, Mrs. Mileti taught Italian language courses in Cleveland area schools and colleges. She tutored and interpreted privately for individual students, artists, and professionals. Since 1995, Mrs. Mileti has been the official Italian interpreter for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation International Center, serving as a liaison between doctors and Italian patients, and interpreting for Italian doctors visiting the Clinic.

Spring 2013



Maria Pipitone, M.A.
Lecturer in Italian

A native of Abruzzo, Italy, she received a masters degree in Italian Language and Literature from The Ohio State University. As a faculty member at The Ohio State University she taught beginning and intermediate levels of Italian as well as courses in Italian culture. She was instrumental in establishing an Italian club for the students and promoting the Italian culture and communication on campus as well as in local communities.

Over the years, she has also offered private instructions in beginning and conversational Italian to children and adults, and has provided translations and interpreting services for various businesses and organizations. She has assisted various community groups in organizing Italian events, organizing cultural activities and promoting the Italian language. Mrs. Pipitone also works as an instructor with BERLITZ International, Inc. teaching Italian and English as a second language.

Fall 2012


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