Rome-Based Faculty
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Lucy Clink

Lucy Clink 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.  


​Valentina Dorato, Italian Studies

Valentina Dorato is a Professor of 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, Art History 

Cristiana Filippini 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, Italian

Elena Fossà  is a Professor of 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, Art History

A native of Belgium, Jan Gadeyne 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, Economics

Simon Martin, History


Chiara Lucarelli, Literature and Cinema

Chiara Lucarelli 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).


Valentino Pace, Art History

Professor of Art History at the University of Udine and Professor of 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.


Pablo Padovano, Economics

Fabio Padovano is Associate Professor of Public Finance at the University of Rome 3 and in the Economics department at the Trinity College 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).

Francesca Persegati, Fine Arts

Francesca Persegati s 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 , Italian

Ivana Rinaldi 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, Sociology and Political Science 

Vanda Wilcox, Political Science and History 

Giorgio Capriotti, Fine Arts 

Lorenza D’Alessandro​​, Fine Arts