Dean & Faculty

Valeria Cuppelli

Valeria Cupelli

Instructor, Italian

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-566
E-Mail: valeriacupelli@gmail.com 

Valeria Cupelli comes from Rocca Priora, the highest of the Castelli Romani. In 2003 she graduated from La Sapienza University with a degree in Oriental Studies. She came back to Italy after some work experiences abroad to specialize in teaching Italian to foreigners. In 2007 she obtained the DITALS Certification (teaching Italian as a foreign language) and in 2008 she co-founded Koinè, Koinè, a training and language consultancy. She also works in schools on foreign students integration projects. In July 2010 she married Adriano.

Dr. Freni

Dr. Giovanni Freni

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art - Art & Architecture of Rome

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-560
E-Mail: giovanni.freni@gmail.com

Dr. Giovanni Freni is a specialist in medieval art. He earned his laurea in "Lettere Moderne" (Humanities) from the Università di Messina, and his MA and PhD in medieval art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London). He has been a research scholar and lecturer at the Courtauld Institute, Princeton University, University of Michighan and Centro di Conservazione Archeologica of Rome. He has published extensively on academic journals, such as The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Studies in Iconography, Sculpture Journal, Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft, and collected essays. Dr. Freni is co-editor (with Nino Zchomelidse) of Meaning in Motion. The Semantics of Movement in Medieval Art (Princeton University Press 2011).

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Dr. Peter Hatlie

Associate Professor of Classics - Western Civilization I

Vice President, Dean and Director of the Rome Campus 

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-556
E-Mail: phatlie@udallas.edu

Dr. Hatlie is a specialist in Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine history. Since 1999 he has taught Ancient Greek and Western Civilization I for the Rome Program. With a B.A. in Classics from St. Olaf College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval and Byzantine History from Fordham University, he is the recipient of research awards from the American School of Classical Studies, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Harvard University / Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, the Kosciuszko Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin. His teaching interests include the general history of the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean, Medieval Church History and the social, religious and cultural history of Byzantium. He is the author of numerous articles, two brief text editions and one book, The Monks and Monasteries of Constantinople, ca. 350-850 (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Cristina Morganti

Cristina Morganti 

Instructor, Italian

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-566
E-Mail: morganticristina@virgilio.it

Cristina Morganti holds a BA degree in Modern Languages (1997) and Philosophy (2007) from the University of Rome at Tor Vergata. She teaches Italian as a second language in addition to working as a police woman in the city of Marino. She began work at the University of Dallas Rome Program in 2012.

Dr. Moran

Dr. Andrew Moran

Associate Professor of English - Literary Tradition III, Tragedy/Comedy

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-554
E-Mail: amoran@udallas.edu

 Andrew Moran specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and is particularly interested in how Shakespeare's anthropology responds to Reformation-era controversies and in the playwright's appropriation of earlier comedic forms. He is the author of published articles on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Richard III, Othello, Hamlet, and The Tempest, and Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, and expects soon to be published on Jonson's Bartholomew Fair. He is currently writing on Paradise Lost and Evelyn Waugh's The Sword of Honour trilogy. His degrees are from the University of Dallas and the College of William and Mary, and he has taught at Ave Maria University and Hillsdale College, in addition to UD. He is also the assistant director of Shakespeare in Italy, a summer program for high school students on the Rome Campus.

Ilaria Pezzola

Ilaria Pezzola

Instructor, Italian

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-566
E-Mail: ilaria.pezzola@tiscali.it

Ilaria Pezzola holds BA (2006) and Master's (2009) degrees in Modern Languages and Comparative Literature from the University of Rome at Tor Vergata and the University of Ca' Foscari in Venice. In 2007 she also received the DITALS certificate (2nd level) to teach Italian as a Second Language from the University of Siena's School of Foreign Studies. Her teaching career has brought her to the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Italian Institute of Madrid (Spain) for extended periods of study and work. Since returning to Rome in 2009 she has taught Italian, Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", in various second schools and the University of Dallas. Her special teaching interests include experimental approaches to language acquisition and enrichment, the challenge of teaching visually impaired students and Italian phonetics.

Sr. Catherine

Sr. Catherine Joseph Droste

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology - Western Theological Tradition

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-557
E-Mail: srcjdroste@gmail.com

Sister Catherine Joseph Droste, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of the Congregation of St. Cecilia, Nashville, Tennessee. After completing her doctoral work in dogmatic theology
(emphasis in ecclesiology) at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, she taught at her Congregation's Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. A large nursing program and a small theology faculty required her to extend beyond dogmatics to the field of morals, and in 2011 she returned to Rome to teach moral theology at her alma mater. She also teaches a course for DOMUNI, an online international Dominican university. Other studies include a B.A. in history from Chrstendom College, and M.A. in history Middle Tennessee State University and an M.Ed. from Marymount University. In the areas of research and teaching her interests include the life of virtue and ecclesiology with a particular emphasis on the role of religions and women in the Church. Recently she has also been involved in interreligious dialogue, discussing the Blessed Virgin Mary with Muslims in Turkey.

Dr. William Tullius

Dr. William Tullius

Assistant Professor of Philosophy - The Human Person

Office: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-930-221-555
E-Mail: wtullius@udallas.edu

Dr. Tullius specializes in Phenomenology, with a particular emphasis on Edmund Husserl as well as the early phenomenological personalist tradition (particularly Max Scheler and Edith Stein), Medieval Philosophy, and Ethics. He obtained his B.A. degree in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2006 and then continued at Franciscan University to complete an M.A. in Philosophy in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, where, in 2012, he completed a dissertation entitled Groundwork to a Phenomenological Ethics in Edmund Husserl and Duns Scotus. His current research interests include further studies in the problems associated with the development of an ethical theory in Husserlian phenomenology. He is particularly interested in studying the theme of ethical, cultural, and religious renewal which Husserl was in the process of developing during the 1920's and on until his death. Dr. Tullius' teaching interests include topics related to Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics, Phenomenology, Medieval Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Religion. 

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