Professor Palma’s research interests focus on Medieval and Renaissance literature. She is the author of Savoring Power, Consuming the Times. The Metaphor of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature (Notre Dame UP, 2013), as well as palmaarticles on Dante, Viganò, Maraini, and Cervantes among others and contributed to The Dante Encyclopedia (Garland: 2000). The editorial adviser on Luigi Pulci in Literature Criticism from 1400-1800 Gale Literary Criticism Series (Layman Poupard Publishing: 2015), Professor Palma teaches all level of Italian language. She directs the SCSU Summer Program in Montepulciano. A member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Palma received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Pina Palma
Professor of Italian
Office: EN-D159
Phone: (203) 392-6753


Dr. Lisa Vitale earned a Ph.D. in Italian language and literature from Yale University in 2008.  She enjoys teaching early Italian literature, as well as basic language classes. Her research interests include fourteenth-century Italy and its literature, the intersection of literature, mysticism, art and theology, and in particular, the figure of St. Catherine of Siena.

Lisa Vitale
Associate Professor of Italian
Office: EN-D152
Phone: (203) 392-6750


Dr. Erin Larkin received a Ph.D. in Italian literature from Yale University in 2008. Her teaching interests include modern Italian literature, Italian film in a European context, and contemporary Italian culture; recent courses taught include Beginning Italian, Contemporary Italian Cinema, and Food Culture in Italy.  She she has published on Futurist theater, as well as women in the Italian avant-garde and her current work focuses on futurist artist and writer Benedetta Cappa.

Erin Larkin
Associate Professor of Italian
Office: EN-D176
Phone: (203) 392-6766