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Samantha Gillen

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Lecturer of Italian

Samantha Gillen received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2022. Her research explores the 1960s and how writers of the subgenre letteratura industriale (Italo Calvino, Luciano Bianciardi, Paolo Volponi, Ottiero Ottieri) represented the relationship between their semi-autobiographical protagonists and the industrialized spaces they inhabited. She has taught Italian language from beginning to advanced and received a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021. Her pedagogical interests include differentiated instruction and digital media to enhance student engagement.

Research Interests:

the Italian economic boom, 1960s, industrial literature, spaces, cities, cinema


PhD, Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania

MA, Italian Studies, Florida State University

BA, Italian and Music, Florida State University

Articles Featuring Samantha Gillen
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 3:10pm

A warm welcome to Dr. Samantha Gillen! The Department of Romance Languages is happy to have you with us. This profile is the first of a series featuring faculty members new to UGA campus in Fall 2022:

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