Academic Leadership

Director, Trinity College Rome Campus

Livio Pestilli has been director and a professor at the Rome Campus for 34 years. Equally at home in Italy and in the U.S.A., he holds degrees from St. John Fisher College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rome. His publications include Paolo de Matteis: Neapolitan Painting and Cultural History in Baroque Europe (Ashgate 2013),

Kristin Triff
Faculty Director, Trinity College Rome Campus
/Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College

Kristin Triff  teaches art and architectural history in the Department of Fine Arts and in the Cities Program, focusing on the intersection of social history and architecture in the early Modern era. She graduated from Carleton College in 1984 with a B.A. in English Literature, then earned a master’s in architecture from Harvard University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture from Brown University in 2000. Full bio>>

Visiting Faculty

Each year, the regular Trinity College Rome Campus faculty are joined by several visiting faculty member from the Trinity College campus in Hartford, Connecticut.
Professor of Economics, Trinity College

Professor Butos earned his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College, CUNY. His master’s thesis was titled "A Critical History of the Wages Fund Doctrine." He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University, writing a dissertation entitled "Subjectivism in the Development of Monetary Theory: Implications of Austrian Themes."  Full bio>>

Associate Professor, Political Science

Professor Chambers has developed a personal teaching philosophy that emphasizes academic rigor, the development of critical thinking and writing skills, engagement with the Hartford community, and that places a priority on issues of diversity.  As a teacher, she seeks to provide her students not only with the basic information related to her courses, but also with the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to analyze and draw out the implications of the course content in a real world context. Full bio>>

Rome-Based Faculty

Lucy Clink is Senior Lecturer in Studio Arts at the Rome Campus. She earned her M.F.A. at the Tyler School of Art. She has taught drawing, painting, and photography in Rome for many years and has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

Lucy Clink, Self-Portrait with Tulips
Oil on linen, 1996.  


Henry DePhillips is the Vernon K. Krieble Professor of Chemistry at Trinity College, where he was formerly Dean of the Faculty. In 2000, he received the Brownell Prize, Trinity College’s most prestigious award for excellence in teaching. His research analyzes samples from works of art for museum curators who need information for a variety of purposes: authentication, dating, provenance, but most often for conservation and restoration purposes.

Valentina Dorato is Lecturer in Italian Studies at the Rome Campus. She earned her Laurea summa cum laude in lettere at the University of Rome La Sapienza with a thesis about historiography and culture. She has received several grants, including an Erasmus Scholarship for international research. A native of Rome, fluent in English and French, she has also taught at Temple University Rome and at the American University of Rome.

Prof. Dorato’s many talents include piano, creative writing, and graphic arts. Her enthusiasm is contagious.  

  Cristiana Filippini is Lecturer in Art History at the Rome Campus. She earned her Laurea summa cum laude at the University of Florence and her M.A. and Ph.D in art history with distinction at Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation is a study of The Eleventh-Century Frescoes of Clement and Other Saints in the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome. She is an accomplished scholar of Roman medieval art.

Elena Fossà is Principal Lecturer in Italian and Internship Coordinator at the Rome Campus. She earned her Laurea at the Libera Università degli Studi Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) in Rome. She has taught literature at the liceo level in Siena and Italian language to foreigners at the Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri in Siena and in Rome.

 Jan Gadeyne is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Rome Campus. A native of Belgium, he earned his Licentiaat summa cum laude in archaeology and art history at the Catholic University of Louvain with a thesis on The Public Temples in Rome in the Late Antique Period (193-423 AD). A Topographical and Historical Study. He is an active archaeologist in Rome and a featured scholar in the History Channel DVD Rome: Engineering an Empire. His current research is about the urban history of Rome in Late Antiquity and Roman villas and the countryside around Rome.

The vigorous pace of his walking tours is sure to give you a workout. There is an ongoing challenge for any student to reach Villa Jovis at Capri’s summit before him.

Emma Galli
Lecturer, Economics

Elaine Luti
Lecturer, Psychology

Chiara Lucarelli is Lecturer in Literature and Cinema at the Rome Campus. She earned her Ph.D in comparative literature at University College Dublin, where she was Senior Tutor in the Department of Italian. Her dissertation is a study of Luigi Pirandello and Contemporary Irish Theater. Articles by Prof. Lucarelli about literature and cinema have appeared in Pirandello Studies, Studi irlandesi, Compendium of 20th-Century Novels and Novelists (edited by Michael Sollars), Ireland: A Work in Progress (edited by Stanley van der Ziel), and Antologia della storia della cultura inglese (edited by Franca Ruggieri).

Simon Martin

Lecturer, History/Social Sciences

Valentino Pace is Professor of Art History at the University of Udine and Principal Lecturer in Art History at the Rome Campus, where he has taught since 1976. A prolific and distinguished scholar of late antique, early Christian, Byzantine, and medieval art, he is the author of several books and more than 130 articles. He has served as curator of several major international exhibitions and editor of several scholarly journals, including Iconographica (University of Siena), Assaph (Tel Aviv University), and Zograf (Belgrade University). He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. Before he became a professor in the Italian university system, he worked for three years at American research universities, as Visiting Associate Professor at John Hopkins University (1985-87) and Visiting Senior Fellow at Princeton University (1987-88).

Trinity College Rome Campus is honored to have been a constant companion for 30 years now in Prof. Pace’s remarkable academic ascent.


Fabio Padovano is Associate Professor of Public Finance at the University of Rome 3 and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Rome Campus. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and at George Mason University and Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He earned his Dottorato di Ricerca at the University of Rome La Sapienza and his M.A. and Ph.D at George Mason University, where he was Research Assistant to Nobel Laureate James Buchanan and a student of Tyler Cowen (a leader in economics of art). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Public Choice Society and of the Board of Editors of Public Choice. He is a referee for Cambridge University Press, European Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Cultural Economics. He is author of several dozen articles and editor of two volumes: Italian Institutional Reforms: A Public Choice Perspective (New York, Springer, 2006 [w/Roberto Ricciuti]) and Politics and Economics of Regional Transfers (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2006).

Click the links below for professor Padovano’s CV and list of publications:

Fabio Padovano - CV.pdf
Fabio Padovano - publications.pdf


Francesca Persegati is Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts at the Rome Campus. She is a master conservator in the Vatican Museums Conservation Laboratory. She graduated with honors at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro in Rome. Since 1981, she has been involved in a wide range of conservation projects: frescoes, stucco decorations, and paintings on canvas, panels, and fabric. She has also specialized in restoration and preservation of gypsum casts. She has served as a consultant for temporary exhibitions. She is the author of articles and handbooks on conservation. She worked directly on most of the conservation projects that are covered in her course.

Ivana Rinaldi is Principal Lecturer in Italian at the Rome Campus. She received her Laurea in history from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Camerino. Her postgraduate work included specialist studies in teaching Italian as a second language at the Berlitz Center in Rome and the Third University, Rome. She has taught at the Research Center of the European Community, the Dante Alighieri Center, the University of Camerino, and St Mary’s College (Rome). Since 1993 Professor Rinaldi has taught Italian language and literature at the Rome Campus, while continuing her research in Italian contemporary history, with a particular interest in the history of women. Her articles and essays have appeared in leading journals, including Storia e problemi contemporanei, Società e storia, and Leggendaria. 

Piero Vereni

Lecturer, Social Sciences


Vanda Wilcox

Lecturer, History/Social Science

Advisory Committee


John J. McCook Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages and Literature

Michael R. Campo ‘48 is an academic entrepreneur par excellence and one of Italy’s greatest informal ambassadors. In the 1950s he introduced Italian into Trinity’s curriculum. In 1956-58 he was instrumental in establishing the Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture at Trinity. In the ensuing decade he was editor of The Cesare Barbieri Courier, a lively journal of Italian culture. In 1970 he founded the Rome Campus. In 1981 he co-founded Trinity’s Elderhostel/Italy program, a flourishing enterprise of educational travel for senior citizens with program sites throughout Italy. In recognition of Professor Campo’s accomplishments, Italy named him Commendatore della Repubblica. In retirement he remains exceptionally productive and creative, lecturing widely in Elderhostel/Italy and designing new programs. Professor Campo’s most recent initiatives are The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Trinity College and a series of three regional Elderhostel/Italy programs on “The Jewish Heritage in Italy.” What will be next?

Professor Campo is shown here with Pope John Paul II, on the historic occasion of the Pope’s visit to the Rome Campus.  


Professor of History, Emeritus, Trinity College

In an illustrious career Borden W. Painter, Jr. ‘58 rose through the faculty ranks at his alma mater to become Dean of the Faculty and then 20th President of the College. A master teacher and accomplished historian, he received an honorary doctorate from Trinity and the prestigious Eigenbrodt Cup Alumni Award. He began his academic career as an historian of Tudor England. As fortuna would have it, a visit to Rome in 1968 with Michael Campo and an adventurous group of students led to Professor Painter’s conversion to Italian history and Professor Campo’s founding of the Rome Campus. Professor Painter served as Director of Italian Programs for 15 years. He is the author of Mussolini’s Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City (Palgrave, 2005).

   Robert A. Pedemonti, Treasurer Emeritus of Trinity College