Ph.D. in Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019.
M.A. in Teaching Italian as a second language, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo,” Urbino, Italy, 2012.
B.A. in Foreign Language and Literatures, University of Rome “Roma Tre,” Rome, Italy, 2005.
Massimiliano Cirulli joined the University of Kansas in 2019 as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of the Italian Language Program. Previously, he taught Italian and Spanish at the Lorenzo De’ Medici School in Rome, Italy, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, where he received his Ph.D. He has experience teaching at all levels of the language curriculum, ranging from beginning to advanced courses. In the former, his focus is on building a solid grammar basis while offering a consistent exposure to the target language to achieve a basic communication fluency. In the latter, he challenges his students with a variety of assignments such as web research, creation of blogs, and production of real documents such as a resume or a cover letter, in order to expand their ability to communicate in different situations. His belief is that a language cannot be separated from the cultural milieu of its speakers, and therefore the goal of his classes is to offer students a comprehensive knowledge of the target culture, using language as a key to access the real Italian experience. His research interests include Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy, 20th century Italian literature and cinema, Italian folklore, and the Italian Post-war period, with special regard to the economic boom and the industrialization process in Italy between the 1950s and the 1970s.
Recent and Selected Publications
- “Descending into Hell: Northerners, Southerners, and Spectators in Rosi’s Salvatore Giuliano.” L’avventura: International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes, vol. 1, no. 1, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015, pp. 141-53. https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.17397/81421
- Rev. of Landscapes in Between: Environmental Change in Modern Italian Literature and Film, by Monica Seger. Annali d’italianistica, vol. 33, 2015, pp. 551-53. http://www.ibiblio.org/annali/toc/2015.html#bookshelf
- “I popoli del Mediterraneo e le guerre tra Roma e Cartagine.” 2012. Online publication of a work produced during the Master’s program “Teaching Italian as a second language” in order to teach Italian language and history to foreign pupils in the Italian primary school. https://www.comune.modena.it/memo/intercultura/allegati/popoli_mediterra...
Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught
Elementary Italian I
Composition and Conversation in Italian
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Italian II
Beginning Accelerated Italian
Beginning to Early Intermediate Accelerated Italian
History and Music of 20th Century Italy
Spanish for High Beginners
Intermediate Spanish I
Areas of Interest
Second Language Acquisition
20th century Italian literature and cinema
The Post-war, the economic boom, and the industrialization process in Italy