Meet the Florence Faculty

Classes at the Florence Program are taught by local faculty, the Director, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter. The majority of our faculty are full professors with tenure at Italian universities, or, have served in prominent positions in local government, policy organizations, or research institutes.


Autumn 2015-16: Jonathan Berger (Music)
Winter 2015-16: Pamela Karlan (Law School)
Spring 2015-16: Hazel Markus (Psychology) | Paula Moya (English)

Local Faculty

Elena Baracani

Elena Baracani is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, Department of Political and Social Sciences, where she currently teaches Comparative Politics. She is also a Lecturer at and the Scientific Secretary of the Ph.D. Program in Political Science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Florence.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florence in 2006, and in 2008 won a post-doc research grant at the prestigious 'European Foreign and Security Policy Studies' Program funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and the VolkswagenStiftung.  She was Deputy Director of the Italian Research Centre for European Studies at the University of Florence and has taught B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. courses in Political Science at both Italian Universities (University of Florence, University for Foreigners in Perugia, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, and LUISS in Rome) and American Universities (Rutgers University, Kent State University, and California State University). Her research interests focus on EU studies, democratization studies, and conflict studies.  She is the author of a monograph on the EU and Democratization in Turkey (Rubbettino, 2008), and of a forthcoming volume on the EU and the prevention of ethno-political conflicts.  She also edited a collection entitled '”Democratization and Hybrid Regimes: External Anchoring and Domestic Dynamics in European Post-Soviet Countries” (EPAP 2010), and has published many book chapters and articles on EU external relations with acceding and neighboring countries.

Ermelinda M. Campani

Ermelinda M. Campani has been Director of Stanford’s Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence since 1993. A native of Emilia Romagna, she earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. both from Brown University. Prior to joining Stanford University, she taught courses at both Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design and served as acting director of the Brown University Program in Bologna, Italy. She has been a member of the steering committee of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy from 1993 until 2010.

She teaches three film classes at the Stanford Center. Her areas of research include: contemporary Italian cinema, early silent cinema, 1930s and 40s cinema, classical Hollywood cinema, and post-structuralist film theory. Her publications include a monographic work on Bernardo Bertolucci, a book on cinema and the sacred (translated into French in 2007), and a book on cinema’s representations of the human body. She is currently working on filmic iconography and is also exploring interesting cross-pollinations between U.S. and Italian cinemas.

Alba Cappellieri

Alba Cappellieri is Associate Professor at the Politecnico’s School of Design in Milan where she teaches Jewelry and Accessories Design and is also the Director of the Fashion Design Degree, the M.A. Program in Fashion Accessories, and the post-graduate degree in Jewelry Design. Her fields of interest are focused on jewelry and accessory design and her current research deals with the wearable technologies related to jewelry. She writes for a number of international design magazines and creates didactic and research activities for pre-eminent jewelry brands and companies. She has curated several international exhibitions on jewelry design and is the editor of, a blog for the jewelry community. She has authored several books on jewelry including the seminal text, Jewelry of the 20th Century: from Art Nouveau to Contemporary Design(Skira 2010).

Veronica De Romanis

Veronica De Romanis received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She is, at present, teaching undergraduates European Fiscal Policy at the Università Europea in Rome as well as an M.B.A. course, on the European Financial Crisis, at the Libera Università degli Studi Sociali (Luiss) in Rome. From 2001-2007 she served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for the Italian Ministry of the Economy and Finance.

She is the author of Il Caso Germania: Così la Merkel salva l'Europa(Marsilio Editori, 2013) and Il Metodo Merkel: il Pragmatismo alla Guida dell'Europa
(Marsilio Editori, 2010) and is a frequent contributor to Italian Newspapers, web sites and weekly magazines (Il Messaggero, Aspenia, Panorama, FirstonLine). De Romanis is also a member of the Financial Account Working Party (Eurostat), the Board of the Società per lo Sviluppo del Mercato dei Fondi Pensione (Mefop), and the Comitato di Indirizzo e Coordinamento dell'Informazione statistica (Istat).

Paolo Galluzzi

Paolo Galluzzi studied under Eugenio Garin at the University of Florence where he received his Ph.D. in 1968. From 1970 to 1980, he was a Researcher at the Lessico Intellettuale Europeo in Rome where he was in charge of digitizing Galileo’s monumental Lessico delle Opere. He was subsequently appointed Professor of the History of Science at the University of Siena and, from 1994 to 2010, he was a Full Professor of History of Science at the University of Florence. Professor Galluzzi has also held visiting professorships at Harvard University, Princeton University, UCLA, New York University, the University of Hamburg, the Centre Koyré, and the Ecole des Haute Etudes (Paris).

Galluzzi has been Director of Florence’s Museo Galileo (formerly the Institute and Museum of the History of Science) since 1982. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Science in Stockholm and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. His numerous publications focus on the activity of Renaissance scientists and engineers, on science during the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution, on scientific terminology, on the activities of Galileo and his school, on the history of the European scientific academies and on the birth and history of the historiography of science. His studies have also included the history of scientific instrumentation, of scientific museums and of scientific heritage.

During the past 15 years he has been involved in the preparation of multimedia applications designed as resources and tools for researchers and the public alike.

Massimo Martignoni

Massimo Martignoni holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Rome’s La Sapienza University and did advanced post-dissertation work at the University of Bologna. He has done a number of curatorial and research projects for important Italian museums and art institutions such as: Mart, The War Museum of Rovereto, the Palladio Foundation, The Piero Portaluppi Foundation, The Gio Ponti Archive, and Milan’s Triennale. A writer and journalist, he has been a frequent contributor since 2003 to Vogue Italy and is the author of several studies and essays regarding modern architecture and design. Among his most recent books and publications: Lamborghini Crossover Design(Skira 2013, in press); Abc Tools(Skira 2013); Ciocca 1912-2012: One Hundred Years of History in the Textile Industry(Skira 2012); Scavolini 1961-2011and The Bestseller from Italy(Skira 2010); The Triennale of Milan(Skira 2008); Gio Ponti: The “Style” Years(Abitare Segesta 2002). He taught at Stanford University (Palo Alto and Florence) from 1999-2001 and from 2002-2012 was a faculty member at the Auburn University in Milan (The Joseph S. Bruno Program in Italy). He has been a Professor at Naba Milan, where he teaches Design History in the B.A. Program in Design and in their Semester Abroad Program, since 2005.

Antony Molho

Antony (Tony) Molho is Professor Emeritus of History and Civilization at the European University Institute and taught from 1966 to 2000 at Brown University, from which he retired as the David Herlihy University Professor Emeritus. He received his pre-University education in his native Greece and his graduate education in the United States and in Italy. He also taught at the University of Vermont and at Michigan State University, and, as Visiting Professor, at the University of Florence and at the University of Athens. He served as Directeur d’ études invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and visiting scholar at the Maison des sciences de l’ homme.

His scholarly interests encompass the history of Italy from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, with special emphasis on the history of Florence in the Renaissance; the Mediterranean world in the age of the great empires (from the fifteenth century to the rise of the national states in the early nineteenth century), with a focus on the transcultural commercial networks, especially in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. In recent years he has been drawn to the study of the histories of those European scholars, mostly Jews, who were forced to leave their homes in the 1930s, to settle in the United States. In 2010, he was awarded the Galileo Galilei Prize.

Michele Papa

Michele Papa is Full Professor of Criminal Law and of Comparative Criminal Law at the University of Florence.  He was Dean of the Law School (2006-2009) and Vice President of the University from 2009 to 2011 when he moved to Columbia Law School as visiting professor for the Fall semester. He was also Visiting Professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (Fall 2003) and Academic Visitor at King’s College (London, 1995) and at De Paul University College of Law (Chicago, 1984-1986). 

Among his most relevant publications, in Italian, are Lezioni di diritto penale comparato (co-authored with F. Palazzo, Giappichelli, 2013), and a book on “multiple punishment of criminal conducts”  (Le qualificazioni giuridiche multiple, Giappichelli, 1997) and a number of articles and essays, including most recently Criminal Complicity(2013), Single or multiple offenses(2013), Comparative Criminal Law(2012), Crimes against property(2011), Enemy Criminal Law(2009). He is co-director of the Italian main Criminal Law treatise, Trattato di diritto penale, (UTET); member of the editorial board of the Law Review, Criminalia, and Co-director of the law books Series, Quaderni di diritto comparato, internazionale ed europeo” (Giuffrè). His present research interests focus on the Theory of Comparative Criminal Law, on Law and Semiotics and on the development of Criminal responsibility paradigms in the social and normative context. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (Syracuse, Italy) and of the Scientific Board of UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Research Institute) Master’s Program in International Criminal Law. He has also been a scientific consultant for the United Nations and the European Union Commission.

Domenico Pellegrini-Giampietro

Domenico Pellegrini-Giampietro received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Florence. After spending two years as a Research Associate in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York), in 2001 he was appointed Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Florence.

He currently teaches Pharmacology in courses on Medicine and Surgery, Motor Sciences, and Nutrition Sciences (among others) at the University of Florence’s Medical School. He has acted as supervisor for more than 150 doctoral theses.

He is actively engaged in biomedical research with a particular interest in the following: interactions between cannabinoids and glutamate receptors in cerebral ischemia; epigenetics in ischemic preconditioning; and neurochemical mechanisms of alcohol toxicity. Pellegrini-Giampietro is the author of 78 original articles in peer-reviewed international journals.

Fiorenza Quercioli

Fiorenza Quercioli holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Florence, an M.A. from the University of Venice, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Florence. She has extensive experience teaching Italian as a second/foreign language and as a teacher trainer, and has worked for several Italian institutions, both public and private. She also tutors graduate students enrolled in the teaching Italian to foreign students M.A. Program at the University of Venice. She is an active member of several professional associations including AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) and ILSA (Insegnanti di Italiano Lingua Seconda Associati).

Quercioli has published several articles relating to the teaching and acquisition of Italian as a second/foreign language, as well as didactic material. She has co-authored an Italian language manual for intermediate students entitled L’Italiano all’Università (Edilingua, in press).

Her courses are strongly focused on communication and culture so that grammar and vocabulary are always presented in a communicative context. Through the analysis of material such as songs, newspaper articles, video clips, and literature, students are guided to develop basic and integrated language skills.

Filippo Rossi

After receiving a degree with high distinction in art history from the University of Florence, Filippo Rossi earned a certificate in “Planning and Managing Cultural Events and Enterprises” at the Arts International University of Florence. In 1990, he enrolled at the “Scuola Libera del Nudo” of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence where he worked with Maestro Vignozzi. Since 1997 Rossi has also worked with Professor Mons. Timothy Verdon in the Archdiocese of Florence’s office, which deals with catechesis through art.

A well-known painter, Rossi has had solo art exhibits in Milan, Bologna, Venturina, Florence, Barcelona, Trento, and Parma, to name a few. Recent awards include the “Under 30 Awards” for Etruriarte 10 and the XVI Italian award for the visual arts, held in Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo.

Filippo Rossi has been teaching painting and drawing to Stanford students since 2000 and helping them organize an art exhibit at the end of each quarter. Rossi is president of Ars et Fides – Firenze, a prestigious organization which aims at sharing the deeper meaning of religious art and monuments to visitors thanks to a network of volunteer guides. Rossi also writes art reviews for several magazines specializing in art and art history, including FlashArt, Il Corriere dell’Arte, Next, D’ARS Agency, Eco d’Arte Moderna, Il Giornale dell’Arte, Firenze Informa, and Toscana Oggi. He also works for, a website devoted to painting and drawing, and is artistic consultant for, a Florence-based web agency. He has also authored several catalogues for Italian painters such as E. Savelli, T. Bonanni, A. Bimbi, G. Risito, and A. Facchini.

Rossi recently completed an important commission for a chapel at Careggi, Florence’s University Hospital, and is currently working on a project for the new Meyer Pediatric Hospital. Rossi also represented Italy at the VI International Biannual Festival of Contemporary Art in Florence (2007).

Monica Toraldo di Francia

Monica Toraldo di Francia studied at the University of Florence where she received her Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy in 1971. For several years, Toraldo has collaborated with the cultural programs produced by RAI Radio 3, and, since 1981, has been senior researcher and lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Florence’s Philosophy Department. From 2000 until 2011, when she retired, Toraldo taught courses on Bioethics at the University of Florence and was involved in the organization of (and teaching in) an M.A. Program in Philosophy devoted to bioethical issues and medical humanities. Since the publication of her book, Pragmatismo e disarmonie sociali (Franco Angeli, 1983), she has been engaged in philosophy and theory of society, with particular attention to moral and political philosophy. She also works on the topic of the bio-medical revolution, with an emphasis on the transformation of gender and individual identity, as well as on crucial themes in bioethics, and has published many papers and essays on these topics. Toraldo has also participated in numerous national and international seminars and conferences on bioethics and has been involved in several research and strategic projects funded by the European Union.

From 1999 to 2002 Toraldo was President of the Florence ASL Ethics Committee and, from 2003 to 2006 she was a member of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Board for Engaging Tuscans in Italy in the Haplotype Map Project (National Human Genome Research Institute). Since 2006, she has also been an active member of the National Bioethics Committee (NBC). In the years 2008-2010 she was also member of the Joint Group, composed by members of the NBC and the CNBBSV (National Committee for Biosecurity, Biotechnology and Life Sciences), which produced several documents on the scientific, social, ethical and legal issues relating to contemporary human genetics.

Currently her scholarly interests in bioethics encompass issues regarding neuroscience, human genetics, and converging technologies (Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive sciences). She is at work on a book, Biotechnology and Biopower: Contemporary Issues, that addresses these questions.

Augusto Valeriani

Augusto Valeriani is currently Assistant Professor in Media Sociology at the University of Bologna’s Department of Social and Political Sciences. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Communication, Media and the Public Sphere from the University of Siena. Augusto was a visiting fellow at both the University of Westminster (2005-2006) and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (2009-2010).

Valeriani’s research focuses on digital media and society, political communication, and journalism. He has done extensive research on European, U.S., and Arab media systems and is the author of three monographs, including Twitter Factor(Laterza, 2011), and of several book chapters. His authored and co-authored research has been published in international journals such as: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, and Sociologica.

Timothy Verdon
Interview with Timothy Verdon

A Ph.D. from Yale University, Timothy Verdon is a former Fulbright Fellow, Chester Dale Fellow (National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.), and Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence (Villa I Tatti). Director of the Florence Cathedral Museum, he is the author of books on religious iconography and articles on Renaissance artists, including Masaccio, Donatello, Michelozzo, Piero della Francesca, Ghirlandaio, Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci, Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Pontormo, and Frà Bartolomeo.

His most recent publications include:

  • Maria nell’arte fiorentina, (Mandragora, 2002);
  • Arte e catechesi: La valorizzazione dei beni culturali in senso cristiano (EDB, 2002);
  • Vedere il mistero: Il genio artistico della liturgia cattolica (A. Mondadori, 2003);
  • Maria nell’arte europea (Electa, 2004);
  • Cristo nell’arte europea (Electa, 2005);
  • La Basilica di San Pietro: I Papi e gli artisti (A. Mondadori, 2005);
  • Michelangelo Teologo (Ancora, 2005);
  • L’Arte cristiana in Italia. vol. I-III., (Ed. San Paolo, 2005-2008);
  • Attraverso il Velo: Come leggere un’immagine sacra (Ancora, 2007);
  • Arte nella vita della Chiesa (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2009);
  • Arte della Preghiera (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2010).
  • San Francesco negli affreschi di Giotto a Assisi", UTET, Torino 2011;
  • "Caravaggio e l'avventura della fede" (ed. with A. Paolucci, Edizioni Musei Vaticani (Città del Vaticano) 2011;
  • "Bellezza e Vita. La spiritualità nell'arte contemporanea", (ed.)Edizioni San Paolo, 2011;
  • "Kunst im Leben der Kirche" (German language edition of "L'arte nella vita della Chiesa, Città del Vaticano 2009), Verlag Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 2011;
  • "Breve storia dell'arte sacra cristiana", Queriniana, Brescia 2012; "Firenze cristiana. Commini di fede e arte", Mandragora, Florence, 2012.
  • To be published by the Edizioni Musei Vaticani in late 2013, he is working on four volumes on the Biblical sources of the Sistine Chapel frescoes and tapestries, title to be decided.

He has taught art history at Yale, Syracuse University, Florida State University, and Georgetown. The six art history courses he teaches at the Stanford center, which normally enjoy the program’s highest enrollment figures (and best evaluations!), engage students in a deep analysis of Italian Renaissance masterpieces through on-site classes, which Verdon likes to describe as “street theater.”

Professor Verdon is also a Roman Catholic priest who serves as a canon of the Florence Cathedral, and he is director of the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and of the Diocesan Art Collection.