Department of English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature Faculty

Chair of the Department

Shannon Russell 2005
Associate Professor of English
B.A., University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1985
M.A., Dalhousie University, 1988
D.Phil., Oxford University, 1997
Post-Doctorate Fellow, University of Oxford, 2000
Email: [email protected]

Professors

Silvia Ammary 2003
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator of ENLUS (English Language for University Studies)
B.A., University of Jordan, 1993
M.A., University of Jordan, 1996
Ph.D., University of Jordan, 2001
Email: [email protected]

Christin Campbell 2015
Lecturer in English
B.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1999
M.A., University of Kansas, 2005
Email: [email protected]

David Castronuovo 2017
Lecturer in English
B.A., Yale University, 1973
M.S., Indiana University, 1980
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1996
Email: [email protected]

Daniel Roy Connelly 2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Columbia University, 1999
MLitt, University of St Andrews, 2000
Ph.D., University of St Andrews, 2004
Email: [email protected]

Carolina De Luca 2013
Lecturer in English
B.A., Hunter College, City University of New York, 1995
M.A., The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2000
M.Phil., The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2004
Email: [email protected]

Carlos Dews 2008
Professor of English
B.A., University of Texas, 1987
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1992
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1994
M.F.A., The New School University, 2008
Email: [email protected]

Aidan Fadden 2012
Lecturer in English
B.A., The University of Wales, Bangor
M.A.,The Queen’s University of Belfast
Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth Farren 2022
Lecturer in Creative Writing

B.A., Columbia University, 2002
M.F.A., Bennington College, Vermont, 2007


Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth Geoghegan 2009
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
B.A., The University of Colorado at Boulder, 1992
M.A., The University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
M.F.A., The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
Email: [email protected]

Marialaura Grandolfo 2021
Lecturer in English
B.A., John Cabot University, 2017
MLitt, University of St Andrews, 2019
Email: [email protected]

Alessandra Grego 2003
Associate Professor of English
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 1999
Dottorato di Ricerca, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 2003
Email: [email protected]

Alex Gregor 2018
Lecturer in English

B.A., Georgia State University, 2011
M.A., Georgia State University, 2014
Graduate Certificate, International ESOL Education, George Mason University, 2017
Postgraduate Professional License, ESOL, Virginia Department of Education, 2017
M.Ed. George Mason University, Virginia, 2020


Email: [email protected]

Allison Grimaldi-Donahue 2017
Lecturer in English
B.A., St. Michael's College, Vermont, 2006
M.A., Middlebury College, Vermont, 2007
M.A., University of Toronto, 2010
M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2016
Email: [email protected]

Jonathan Jones 2014
Lecturer in English
B.A., Keele University, U.K., 1997
M.A., Bath Spa University College, U.K., 1998
M.Res., Keele University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Rome "La Sapienza," 2020
Email: [email protected]

Tara Keenan-Thomson 2011
Instructor of English Composition, Writing Center Coordinator
B.A., New York University, 1998
M.A., New York University, 2001
Ph.D., Trinity College Dublin, 2006
Email: [email protected]

Lewis Klausner
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Boston University, 1980
Ph.D., Yale University, 1988
Email: [email protected]

Mattia Maglione 2021
Lecturer in English
B.A. John Cabot University, 2017
M.Phil. Trinity College, Dublin, 2019
Email: [email protected]

Nefeli Misuraca 2017
Lecturer in English
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 1996
Ph.D., Yale University, 2001
Email: [email protected]

Christopher Neenan 1973
Professor Emeritus of English
B.A., Cambridge University, 1967
M.A., Cambridge University, 1971
B.A., University of London, 1977
Laurea, University of Rome, 1978
Email: [email protected]

Stephanie Richards 2017
Lecturer in English
B.A., Hunter College, 2003
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
Email: [email protected]

Andrea Rossi 2017
Lecturer in English
B.A., Sheffield Hallam University, U.K., 1998
Email: [email protected]

Andrew Rutt 2012
Lecturer in English
B.A., Goldsmith's College, University of London, 1999
M.A., Open University, 2016
Email: [email protected]

James Teasdale 2018
Lecturer in English
B.A., University of Oxford, 2011
M.A., University of Rome "La Sapienza," 2016
Ph.D., University of Rome "La Sapienza," 2021
Email: [email protected]

Shannon Russell

Shannon Russell

2005
Associate Professor of English

B.A., University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1985
M.A., Dalhousie University, 1988
D.Phil., Oxford University, 1997
Post-Doctorate Fellow, University of Oxford, 2000
Email: [email protected]

Shannon Russell was born in Canada, lived in the United Kingdom for eleven years, and moved to Italy over twenty years ago. She did her BA in English Literature, with a Philosophy minor, at the University of Western Ontario, her MA at Dalhousie University, and her DPhil at Oxford University. Upon completion of her doctorate at Oxford she was awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship and taught there for a number of years. While she loves to read and teach poetry, she has maintained a consistent fascination with the novel, completing her undergraduate thesis on Virginia Woolf, her Master’s thesis on Jane Austen, and her doctoral work on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Gaskell.

Research interests:

The libraries of Oxford opened her eyes to the importance of history and historical processes, particularly those related to race, class, and gender, which continue to be the focus of her research in Victorian literature. She believes that the Victorians are closer to us than we assume, and that they have much to teach us about ourselves. She has published on a range of eighteenth and nineteenth century writers and has edited novels by Thomas Hardy and Elizabeth Hamilton. She has also done work on the American writers Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers. She is currently writing a book for Routledge Press on Charles Dickens and Frederick Douglass. In this project, she considers how Dickens reimagines Douglass’s famous autobiography to tell a woman’s story in his novel Dombey and Son. She published preliminary work on this project in the Dickens Quarterly (March 2021).

Courses taught:

Shannon Russell believes that there is no job more interesting than teaching literature, and no more inspirational place to teach it than in Rome and the multi-cultural environment of John Cabot. The greatest discoveries in the classroom are, for her, collaborative ones. Her primary goal in teaching is to inspire curiosity and to provoke students to ask questions about what they read so that they become better interpreters – and creators – of our world. She enjoys teaching the historical survey courses (EN 230, EN 231, EN 232) for the opportunities they offer to reveal narrative connections between different texts and times. She has developed and taught Special Topics courses (EN 399) on Dickens, The Gothic, and most recently, a course slavery and literature. She especially admires the mental gymnastics beneath the elegant veneer of Jane Austen’s artistry, and the way her novels exercise and develop our critical thinking. In the course Jane Austen: In Her Time and Ours (EN/GDR 350) she loves to watch students discover the complexity of Austen’s language, and the political revelations in her irony and humour. Her desire to know more about foreign writers’ constructions of Italy led her to invent Italian Visions (EN 282), a course which traces the historical creation of cultural stereotypes about Italy, and which challenges students to think carefully about the narratives they tell about others and themselves. That course has also led her to collaborate with Professor Alessandra Grego on the future development of a digital humanities project, WROME, which is dedicated to foreign writers in Rome.