Anna Cellinese

Director, Italian Language Program
Senior Lecturer
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Office Location: 
319 East Pyne

Remote Office Hours:
Mon: 1:00pm-2:00pm (EST)
Wed: 1:00pm-2:00pm (EST)
and by appointment via WASE
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Anna Cellinese joined the department of French and Italian in 2016. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian from Stanford University where she also taught and coordinated the Italian language program. She has published articles on Fenoglio and Pavese as well as on popular culture and language pedagogy. Her research addresses Italian pop culture, second language acquisition, and curriculum development.

Anna founded the Summer Immersion program in Pisa, Italy, in collaboration with the distinguished Scuola Normale Superiore. The program offers a full immersion experience and allows students to interact with the territory on a linguistic, cultural, and social level. In her course, students explore a wide variety of writing situations and styles in Italian and familiarize with the cultural life of the Tuscan landscape through task-based activities in the city of Pisa and during field trips to other historic, art-filled cities like Florence, Siena, Lucca, and Carrara.

She has recently designed and initiated a project to create an Italian digital platform that will provide a dynamic and flexible approach to language acquisition suited to the well-versed minds of Princeton students. 

Research Interests

Her research delves into different aspects of pedagogy and second language acquisition: from intercultural competency, to writing development in higher education, from language acquisition through special learning dis/ability, to teaching with technology. Through her research, she brings out the idea that, within the transitional and cross-cultural nature of the 21st century, second language acquisition offers a window to the world: an opportunity to rediscover our own cultural identity and critically embrace the “other.”

Current Projects

She is currently working on a textbook project that explores controversial authors of the XXI century who are seen as inconvenient, disobedient, provocative, and or visionary.