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Carla Cornette

Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian

43 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9396

Office Hours:

  • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 2:00-3:00 pm


  1. PhD, Italian, the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Carla Cornette completed her Ph.D. in Italian (2018) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation project entitled: "Postcolonial Pathology in the Works of Italian Postcolonial Writers Carla Macoggi, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Igiaba Scego." Her study interrogates the notion of depression as a politically- and socially-induced phenomenon by considering the psycho-affective sequelae of the legacy of colonial power dynamics on Black female diaspora protagonists in recent works of Italian literature. Additional areas of her scholarly interest include: contemporary Italian literature; the intersection of psychology, medicine and Italian literature; verismo literature; and Carlo Goldoni's reform of the Italian Comedy. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences in Italian Studies.
Prior to her doctorate, Carla earned a Master's in Italian at Middlebury College in Florence, Italy with a thesis on the codification of the Italian language after the Unification of Italy, as well as an Advanced Second Level/C2 European Diploma from the Universita' per Stranieri in Perugia in Italian Language and Culture. At Penn State, Carla teaches all levels of Italian language and culture classes as well as ITAL 301 (Pathways to Fluency), and a new course in the fall of 2020, ITAL 497 "Postcolonial Italy: Migration, Human Rights, and Citizenship." She is also the faculty co-leader of Penn State's summer study abroad program in Reggio di Calabria, Italy.