Luisanna Sardu

Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

I was raised in Sardinia, Italy, and pursued my bachelors degree in my home country before coming to the United States to obtain my M.A. at Florida Atlantic University. In 2016, I earned a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, CUNY, with a specialization in Italian. I have taught Italian and Spanish language courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as courses in medieval and early modern literature.


  • B.A. in European Languages and Literature, Universita' di Sassari, Italy
  • M.A. in Comparative Studies, Languages and Linguistics, Florida Atlantic University
  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature/ Italian Specialization, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Courses Taught

    • SPN 201-202- Spanish for Communication I & II
    • ITAL:101 -102  Italian for Beginners I & II
    • ITAL:201 - 202 Italian for Communication I &II
    • ITAL: 203- Intensive Writing in Italian
    • ITAL: 204- Intensive Conversation in Italian
    • ITAL: 316- Aspects of Italian Culture, "Facciamo un giro in carosello" 
    • ITAL: Study Abroad in Florence, Italy, "Dante in Florence"
  • Research
    • 2013-2014, “WAC Professional Development: Effective Strategy to Teach Writing at College Level” City College, CUNY, New York City, New York 
    • January 2012, “Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching Foreign Languages at College Level” Calandra Institute, New York City, New York.
    • Spring 2010 “Research Techniques in Renaissance Studies” The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York 
    • 16th and 17th century Italian and Spanish Literature
    • Renaissance Literature
    • Literary Theory
    • Women’s Studies
    • Theory of the Body
    • History of Emotions
    • Second Language Acquisition Teaching and Methodology
    • Translation Studies


  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • “Politics of Recognition and Devotion: Motherhood at Stake in Gabriella Kuruvillas’ short story, Ruben,” in LA FUSTA, Journal of Italian Literature and Culture. Vol. 22, fall 2014. Rutgers University Press, New Jersey. (no pag.) 
    • Spring 2013-Spring 2015 Representative for the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program 
    • Fall 2012-present Editorial Board, Quaderno Culturale, Italian Program Newsletter Queens College
    • Fall 2012- Fall 2013 Steering Committee: Comparative Studies Department Conference 2009-2010 Research Assistant, The Graduate Center, CUNY 
    • Fall 2006-2008 Linguistic Lab Media Center, Florida Atlantic University  
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Fall 2009, Enhanced Chancellor Fellowship The Graduate Center, CUNY 
    • Fall 2015, Travel Conference Grant The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference