Sarah Annunziato is a lecturer in Italian Studies at The University of Virginia. Her creative approach to course design and student projects has helped to promote greater interaction between students and the language and culture of Italy.
At present, Sarah teaches both language and culture courses at UVA. In her language classes, Sarah uses technology-enhanced methodologies, role-play activities, and creative projects such as student films, short story collections, and television shows. She has designed new courses in Italian cinema, film adaptation, Italian children's literature, Italo-American relations, Italian political theorists, Italian crime fiction, Manzoni's "The Betrothed," Realism and Neorealism, and Film and television adaptations of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno." She is also the founder and editor of "La Vendemmia: The Newsletter of Italian Studies at The University of Virginia."
Prior to moving to UVA, Sarah also taught Italian at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. While at William and Mary, she taught all levels of Italian language from beginner to advanced, oversaw La Casa Italiana, and supervised and trained undergraduate teaching assistants.
Sarah graduated cum laude from Smith College with a BA in Italian and Government. She holds a PhD in Italian from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Sarah has published articles and reviews in several journals and books, such as: Annali d'italianistica, La rivista di studi italiani, The Journal of Children and Media, The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and Italian Literature and Its Times, among others.
Her research interests include: Italian children's literature, Italian crime fiction, Italian cinema and film adaptation, Italian television Italo-American relations, and the Italian-American diaspora.
Sarah enjoys running and swimming and is an avid reader and movie goer.