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 delves into different aspects of pedagogy and second language acquisition: from Transformative Learning Theory to Social Justice in the language classroom, from writing development in higher education to language acquisition through special learning dis/ability. Through her research, she brings out the idea that, within the multilingual 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.” At Princeton, 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 light of the transitional nature of the 21st century and its fast technological pace, Anna 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. She is currently working on a textbook project that explores controversial authors of the XXI century who are seen as inconvenient, disobedient, provocative, and visionary.
Being a former ballet dancer, Anna considers the theatre her ideal home. She loves all forms of artistic performance and enjoys conversations about art and self-expression.