Duquesne's Italian Campus Faculty

Fabio Benincasa 

Fabio Benincasa
Italian Language
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
M.A., Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington
Ph.D., Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington

After graduating from the University of Rome - La Sapienza, Fabio Benincasa worked for two years at Rai Educational in the production of documentaries. In 2001 he moved to the USA where he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Italian at Indiana University, Bloomington with a minor in History of Art. His doctoral thesis, under the direction of Peter Bondanella, deals with the relationship between Italian cinema and the Baroque in auteurs such as Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Michelangelo Antonioni. He has published scholarly articles about Italian cinema and literature on specialized journals such as Italica, Simplegadi, Paratesto, and Italian Studies. In 2010 he has been editor for the Festival of Architecture of Rome. He is a freelance translator. Since 2011 he is a registered journalist and writes a monthly column for the magazine Formiche covering a range of subjects from media studies to cinema. His most recent publication is an essay on the communicative style of Pope Francis, included in a collective book published by Formiche. He has taught classes of Italian language, culture, architecture, and sociology for Indiana University, University of Illinois (Gustolab Institute), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Gustolab Institute), CEA Study Abroad. He is currently teaching for the Duquesne University Italian Campus.


Angelo DeGennaro
Italian Language
Laurea, Political Science, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

After graduating from the University of Rome, Angelo DeGennaro went on to complete a Diploma on the "Knowledge of the International Political-Social Scene and its North and South Relationships" at the School of International Politics, Cooperation and Development, promoted by Volontari nel Mondo FOCSIV, as well as Certification in Competency in Didactic Italian for Foreigners with the Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana Torre di Babele and the Second Level of DITALS, Competency in Didactic Italian for Foreigners, at the Università per Stranieri di Siena. He also received a diploma for teaching Italian at the Lingua Straniera of the DILIT International House. Angelo has been an adjuct professor at the Italian Campus since 2008.

Elizabeth FuhrmannSchembri

Elisabeth Fuhrmann-Schembri
Caput Mundi
M.A., Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna

Elisabeth Fuhrmann-Schembri studied Music Education at the State of Lower Austria Music Academy and then went on to complete a Master of Classical Archaeology and a Master of Antiquity at the University of Vienna in Austria. She wrote her master's thesis on Etruscan Musical Instruments combining her love for Etruscan civilization and music. In collaboration with her home University, she did archeological fieldwork in Camuntum, Austria and Limyra, Turkey. Elisabeth started to teach for John Cabot University in 2003 and has been teaching the course "Caput Mundi" at the Duquesne University Italian Campus since 2008. She is especially passionate about the on-site character of the classes working with her students in front of the original material

Paul Haffner  Crest

Paul Haffner
Beginnings of Christianity, The New Testament
B.A. Physics, Oxford University
Ph.D., Philosophy and Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University

Paul Haffner is a priest and adjunct lecturer at Duquesne University Roman Campus. He is also visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and. Representative to the Holy See for Gracewing Publishing. After obtaining his first degree in physics at Oxford University, he went on to study philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he obtained his doctorate in theology. Author of over 30 books and 150 articles on philosophical and theological themes, many of his works have been translated into several languages, including Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. His books include Mystery of Creation, Mystery of the Church, The Mystery of Mary, The Mystery of Reason, New Testament Theology. An Introduction, Towards a Theology of the Environment, Creation and Scientific Creativity; A Study in the Thought of S. L. Jaki, Towards a Theology of the Environment,. The Beginnings of Christianity, and The Tiara and the Test Tube: The Popes and Science from the Medieval Period to the Present. He is the longest teaching professor at the Italian Campus, having served since 2001. Member of the Pontifical International Marian Academy since 8 December 2012.

Liz Lev

Elizabeth Lev
Christian Art and Architecture, Baroque Painting and Scultpure, and High Renaissance Art
B.A., University of Chicago
Dottorato di Ricerca, University of Bologna

Elizabeth Lev has been a part of the Duquesne University Italian Campus since 2002. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Elizabeth went on to do a Dottorato di Ricerca at the University of Bologna. In Rome, she has served as a commissioner of the Tourism board of Rome and a didactic consultant for the Vatican Museums, for whom she has written course, itineraries, a book (A Body for the Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections with José Granados,) and a DVD, (The Via Pulchritudinis). Her books include The Tigress of Forlì and How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, and her articles have appeared in, among others, First Things, The College Art Association, Inside the Vatican and The Sacred Art Journal, and she is a regular contributor to Magnificat. She is also a Vatican Analyst for NBC and has been featured on The Today Show, Nightline and Sixty Minutes. She has taught and lectured in numerous venues in Europe, the US, Singapore and Australia, including an address at the United Nations in New York. Her TED Talk on the Sistine Chapel has garnered over 1.7 million views.

Giuseppe Losacco

Giuseppe Losacco
Italy thru Italian Film
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Bologna

Giuseppe Losacco is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker at The Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. He has taught "Italy Thru Italian Film" at the Italian Campus since 2002. He is currently a researcher at the Department of Sociology and Business Law at the University of Bologna where he directs the laboratory of social documentaries. He has taught the following courses at the University of Bologna and Forlì: Social Policies, Theories of Mass Communication, Sociology of Art, Social Anthropology, Visual Sociology, Theories and Techniques of Mass Communication, Marketing, Social Anthropology, Methodologies of Qualitative Analysis, Sociological Documentary. He is the author of numerous essays and books, including: Wop or Mangiacake (Franco Angeli 2003), New Manual of Visual Sociology (Franco Angeli 2009), Visual Sociology and Studies of Territory (Franco Angeli 2012), and Qualitative Analysis of Tradition and Innovation (Franco Angeli, 2013). Since 2014 he also teaches a course at CIEE- Italy (Council on International Educational Exchange) titled Contemporary Italian History.

Nicolo Tartaglia

Nicolò Tartaglia
Laurea, Economics & Business, LUISS
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Business Statistics

Nicolò Tartaglia has taught introductory Economics and Statistics at the Duquesne University Italian Campus since 2010. As a researcher, he specializes in International business and has led numerous research projects Europe-wide. He is a management consultant and his professional work consists in consulting Italian businesses on creating joint ventures and business alliances and advising Government Agencies in designing city marketing programs. His geographical areas of interest are Latin America, Africa, and Northern Europe. He also promotes corporate training programs. As a guest expert, he participated in a series of lectures/conversations on innovation in management & business on RAI.