Brittany Asaro, PhD

Brittany Asaro
Phone: (619) 260-2746
Fax: (619) 260-4190
Office: Founders Hall 144A

Acting Director and Professor of Practice, Italian

  • Ph.D., UCLA, Italian
  • M.A., UCLA, Italian
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College, Foreign Languages (Spanish and Italian)

Brittany Asaro joined the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures in January 2016. She previously initiated the Italian program at California Lutheran University and has taught Italian language and literature at California State University, Northridge, Scripps College, and UCLA. She is an affiliate of UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance studies.

 

Scholarly Work

Professor Asaro’s research focuses on erotic philosophies and love motifs in medieval and Renaissance Italian literature. She has published two articles on Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron and co-edited a volume of Carlo Goldoni’s comedies. She is currently working on a critical edition and translation of a sixteenth-century dialogue dedicated to the subject of love by hearsay.

Areas of Interest

Professor Asaro understands that students have two equal, top priorities: to perform well in class and to embrace the language and culture that they have chosen to study. She mirrors these with her priorities as an instructor: to equip students with the tools to succeed, and to invite them to engage with Italian language and culture in a dynamic way. Professor Asaro utilizes Blackboard in order to help students in staying organized, and also experiments with its wide range of capabilities to introduce new and exciting ways to use the language, such as creating up a mock dating site or designing a virtual dream home. She uses multimedia daily in her classroom, as well as diverse games and role-playing activities to mimic real-life language usage. In literature courses, Professor Asaro's goal is to assist students in becoming independent critical thinkers, guiding them in both appreciating a text within its historical and cultural context as well as relating to it, when possible, on a personal level. She has organized many extra-circular activities in the past, including movie nights at a local movie theatre and guest lectures by acclaimed actor, director, and art historian Peter Weller.