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Italian Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Elizabeth Mazzocco

Five College Professor of Italian and Director of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 306
Phone: (413) 545-3453
Email: mazzocco AT


MA, PhD, Italian Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Selected Publications

  • LangMedia: Resources for World Languages
  • "Petrarch's Search for Antica Virtù," forthcoming in the MLA series, Teaching Petrarch. Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini, eds.
  • "Eleonora d'Este and the Heroines of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato: Challenging Gender Stereotypes at the Ferrara Court." In The Court Reconvenes: Courtly Literature Across the Disciplines. B. Altmann and C. Carroll, eds. Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2003. pp. 284-293.
  • "LangMedia, a WorldWide Website for Language and Culture, and the Role of International Students in its Creation." In New Technologies and Language Learning. Ed. Spreen Carol. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press, 2002. pp. 121-34.
  • The Five College Foreign Language Laserdisc Series (a series of eleven 30-minute laserdiscs and accompanying computer programs for language/culture study). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

Grants and Awards

  • awarded $2.6 million in grants for language acquisition from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The US Department of Education, The US National Security Education Project, The Booth-Ferris Foundation and the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation
  • MERLOT 2005 (the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) Editors' Choice Award for Overall Exemplary Online Learning Resource - for LangMedia
  • 2000, ACE (American Council on Education) award for Academic Excellence in International Education
  • Fulbright Fellow in Renaissance Studies, Università di Firenze

Research interests

Renaissance, humanism, Middle Ages, history of the theater, image of women, historiography, second language acquisition, multimedia language materials development.