Staff and Teachers
Teacher Trainer and Language Instructor
Graduated with two Master’s degrees from Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM in Milan.
Has been teaching Italian in the USA since 2012, at University of South Carolina, SC, Northampton Community College, PA, Drexel University, and, more recently, at the University of the Arts. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Italian and Remote Teaching Coach for Faculty at the University of the Arts.
She has a Degree in Nursing from the University La Sapienza of Roma and a Foreign Languages License. She also attended the School of Arts and Music “L. Perosi” of Campobasso and is a choir conductor and has been teaching singing for 10 years. She teaches all levels.
Vanessa Fanelli is a Lecturer for the Department of French and Italian at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on gender studies, and feminist and postfeminist theories, film and media theory, and audience reception. She received her Ph.D. in the summer of 2022. Her dissertation, titled “Beyond the Casting Couch: A feminist recovery of female stars’ experience in Italy,” is an interdisciplinary inquiry on female stardom in Italy with particular focus on gender representation and production practices between the 1950s and 1960s. She has been teaching for AIS since 2021 for which she designed the CP-4 and CP-10 classes in preparation for the Italian Citizenship Exam.
The America-Italy Society of Philadelphia promotes friendship and cultural understanding between the Republic of Italy and the United States of America