Stephen Marth
On-Site Director
Trinity College Rome Campus

Stephen has worked in the fields of study abroad and Italian studies over the last two decades. Before coming to Trinity, Stephen served as Assistant Director of the Brown University in Bologna study abroad program and Manager of Short Term Programs and Global Initiatives in the Office of International Programs at Brown University. Motivated by the desire to have an immersive cultural exchange experience in Italy, he first moved there to teach English in private and public schools after finishing his BA in Art History at the University of Georgia.  He holds a PhD in Italian Studies from Brown University and a MA in Italian from Middlebury College. Stephen’s research and teaching interests include twentieth century Italian visual arts and literature, and in particular Italian Futurism. He is currently researching the intersection between Futurism and popular science at the turn of the century.

Elena Fossà
Professor of Italian and Internship Coordinator

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.

Francesco Lombardi
Assistant to the Program

Francesco Lombardi holds a diploma from a Liceo Classico and has completed the first two years of Law School at the University of Rome. He was involved with the Trinity Elderhostel programs for about fourteen years and has been working for the Rome Campus since 1987 as an Assistant to the Program. Among the various tasks on which his work focuses are the Internship Program, extracurricular activities for the students, the organization of social meetings with local university students and the recent project based on the development of a sports program for our students in Rome. Here he shows how it’s done at the olive-harvest outing that he organized for students.

Francesco Ciccarelli
Assistant to the Program

Francesco Ciccarelli is the hub of information technology and library services at the Rome Campus and liaison to the state-of-the-art Raether Library and Information Technology Center at Trinity College, Hartford. A computing enthusiast and consummate trouble-shooter, he keeps the Rome Campus ahead of the curve in IT among study away programs. He gives full individual attention to each student's set-up and needs. Feathers in his cap are comprehensive wireless connectivity throughout the Rome Campus and aesthetic integration of new technology and traditional architecture.

Izabella Vajda
Resident Assistant

Izabella Vajda joined the Trinity College Rome Campus in 2015 in the capacity of Resident Assistant. She holds an MSc degree in European Law and European Studies from Sciences Po Paris (Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris). She spent one year studying International Law at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. After her graduation, Izabella participated in various educational programs. In 2012, she worked on an educational software for nursery school children in London. From 2013 to 2014, she was employed in the Ministry of Justice of Hungary where she dealt with educational programs for primary and high school children. In 2014, Izabella took part in an AIEESEC international program which promoted tolerance among high school pupils in Lithuania. Later that year, she joined an NGO which promotes human rights as well as education in mother tongue at high schools and universities. Izabella is fluent in Italian, English, French and Hungarian.