Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
Contact & Office Hours
Hatfield Hall 314
M.A., University of London
B.A., Parma University, Italy
A native of northern Italy, Bruno Grazioli has been a faculty member at Smith College since 2007, where he has taught a wide range of courses: from Italian language classes at the beginner’s level to advanced conversation and writing, Introduction to Italian Culture and Survey of Italian Literature until the most recent course on Italian Design.
Grazioli’s academic interests focus on 19th-century Italian culture and the process of national identity formation. His doctoral dissertation explores the synergy between medievalism and national identity in historical novels of the early 19th century, and how their authors were instrumental in promoting emotional adhesion to an idealized Italian national community before the unification
Grazioli's teaching experience at Smith has him discover and appreciate the role of an academic curriculum built around students and recognizing the importance of a formative period of residence abroad as the culmination of a long-term program of study. Grazioli directed the Junior Year Abroad program in Florence during the 2011–12 academic year.
He serves as the faculty liaison for the Smith College Italian club, promoting the development of students' extracurricular activities and supervising the organization of the club's calendar of events.