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Johanna Rossi Wagner

Associate Teaching Professor of Italian

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Office Phone: (814) 863-9396


  1. Ph.D., M.A. Italian (Rutgers University)
  2. M.F.A. Writing (Chatham University)


Dr. Wagner joined the department in 2010 and has taught a variety of courses including Italian language, modern literature and cinema, Dante and Italian American culture.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Wagner serves as an adviser for Italian students and is the coordinator of the Italian mentoring program.

Her major area of interest is contemporary Italian literature with an emphasis on postcolonial and feminist theory. She is also interested in Italian cinema, mediterranean studies in literature and film, narratives of trauma and creative writing approaches to second language acquisition. 

Dr. Wagner has published on Modern Italian theater, Italian colonial culture, and was recently featured in a special edition of Quaderni del’900 on Italian nationalism with an article on settler children in colonial Eritrea.