Teaching Assistants and Work Study

Teaching Assistants

Diana BychkovaIMG_0013

I am originally from Ukraine (where I received BA and MA in book arts) and, among the other courses on book history and graphic arts, I completed both MA in graphic arts at Academy of Brera and MA in publishing at Catholic University in Milan (Italy). For more than 10 years worked in the book arts field (both publishing industry and crafts, book making and printing), produced limited editions, handmade printings and illustrations. Such an experience brought me to the study of the book history. My research interests include the medieval book arts, the Byzantine culture, literature, arts, and its influence on the Slavic book development, the relationship between text and image, letters and architecture. Web site: www.ds-art.net , email: dbychkov@uwo.ca.

Andrea Privitera


Andrea Privitera is a third year PhD student in Comparative Literature both at Western University and the University of Padua (Italy). He received both his BA in Humanities and his MA in Literary theory from the University of Padua, and completed part of his Master’s studies at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). His research interests include Italian studies, media theory, and narrative theory. His dissertation will be a transmedia perspective on the Italian Renaissance epic tradition.


Bianca Colarusso
Bianca Colarusso is a fourth year student pursuing her BA with a double major in Italian Language and Culture and Sociology.  Bianca completed her third year on exchange at the University of Verona where had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Italian culture.    In addition to her studies, Bianca is a tutor for first year Italian students- her office hours are on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:30
Daniel De Paola

Daniel De Paola is a 4th year Arts and Humanities student, pursuing an Honors Specialization in English Literature with a Minor in Italian Language and Culture. He is an undergraduate tutor for the Italian program at Western. His interests include food, sports, poetry, film, and linguistics. He grew up in Markham, ON, where he spent a lot of time learning about the Italian language and culture from his immigrant grandparents. He recently returned to Canada from a study abroad session in Siena, Italy.

Laura Schmitt
Laura Schmitt is in her fourth year completing her BSc with a Double Major in Medical Sciences and Italian Language & Culture. Laura completed a study abroad at the Universita’ per Stranieri di Siena in 2014 where she gained an appreciation for the Italian culture and got lots of travelling done to Rome, Pisa, Florence and Venice. In addition to her studies, Laura is a tutor for first year Italian students with office hours held on Mondays from 1:00- 2:30; come visit her at the main tables in AHB 3G28.


Previous Work Study Students and Teaching Assistants

Anna Kaszkur


Hello! My name is Anna! I am currently in my fourth year of MIT (Media, Information and Technoculture) and I am the Media Manager of the westernuitalian social network.

Byron Kappes

Byron Kappes has his BA with Honours Specialization in English Language and Literature  and hopes to get his Minor in Italian Language Studies as well. Byron is a true small town kid: he is originally from the historic town of Amherstburg, in Essex County, Ontario, where he spent his childhood. He spent two years studying at the nearby University of Windsor before he moved to London to pursue his BA. Poetry is a large part of his motivation in study language and literature.


Claudia Carpanzano
Claudia Carpanzano

Having already completed a specialization in Health Science (BHSc), Claudia also completed a Major in Italian Studies.

Kassandra Nuyten
Hello, my name is Kassandra and I am in my fourth year of Classical Studies. I am in charge of the Italians in London mailing list, as well as responsible for uploading some of the posts to this blog.

Rosario Pollicino

Rosario Pollicino is a Ph.D. student in comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario. He holds an M.A. in Italian Literary and cultural studies from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in Pedagogy of Italian as a foreign/second language from the University for foreigners, Siena. He obtained his B.A. in modern languages from the University of Palermo and studied for a year at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot, Paris, France. Rosario interests range from Literary and cultural studies (comparative literature in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Literary and Cultural theory) to Pedagogy of foreign languages (new approaches of face to face and online teaching).



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