Dr. Carmela Pesca is the current Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Professor of Italian at Central Connecticut State University. She holds a Laurea in Sociology from the University of Salerno, and a Master and Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Pesca has published in Italian, English and Spanish, and delivered presentations at international and national conferences. Scholarly publications include: a book on the city in Renaissance theatre; literary criticism on authors Dante Alighieri, Niccolò Machiavelli, Ludovico Ariosto, Pietro Aretino, Giordano Bruno, Luigi Pirandello, and recently on Elena Ferrante’s narrative; essays on the Italian family and on intercultural communication; articles on critical perspectives in language education.
Prof. Carmela Pesca has been conferred the honorific title of Knight of the Italian Republic, and was the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy in Connecticut in 2013. She received the 2008 Best of State Award of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers.
A strong supporter of International Education, she has conducted Study Abroad Programs in numerous Italian regions: Sicily, Lazio, Tuscany, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Marche, Campania, Lombardy and Piedmont. Her interests include nature, travels, cooking, dogs, museums, and international movies.