I am Jonathan R. Hiller, Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Adelphi University, where I teach a full course load in Italian language and culture. In June 2009 I completed my Ph.D. at UCLA in Italian. My primary research interests are in nineteenth-century Italian literature, opera, drama, and history. My dissertation is entitled “Bodies that Tell: Physiognomy, Criminology, Race and Gender in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Italian Literature and Opera.” The chair of my dissertation committee was Lucia Re.
I received my M. A. in Italian in 2004, and my C.Phil. in 2006. I studied as an undergraduate at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where I majored in Italian Literature and Theatre Arts, graduating in 2002. I lived in Bologna, Italy in the spring of 2001, where I studied at the Università degli studi di Bologna. I have spent extensive time in Italy ever since, including a return to Bologna to study at Umberto Eco’s center for graduate studies in the humanities, the Scuola superiore di studi umanistici in 2007.
Before taking my position at Adelphi, I taught Italian cultural courses within the Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Santa Barbara during the 2009-2010 academic year. During my time as a graduate student I gained five years' experience teaching Italian language at UCLA, UCLA Extension and at other institutions in Southern California. During the 2007-2008 year I worked as the UCLA Italian department’s coordinator for new instructors of the Italian language and was the departmental technology coordinator, teaching a course on the use of technology in the foreign language classroom.
This site contains my teaching portfolio including my curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, presentations of my student evaluation statistics and comments from language and literature courses, a complete list of courses I have taught, and a web activity.
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