Paola Sica

Paola Sica

Professor of Italian

Joined Connecticut College: 1999

On sabbatical AY 2017-2018

Laurea in Lettere Moderne, 110 / 110 e lode (summa cum laude), Università di Siena, Italy
M.A., Ph.D., Comparative Literature, "High honors in General Examinations," Princeton University


Italian culture in comparative context (especially literary and visual representations from late 19th century through the contemporary era, with emphasis on modernism and avant garde)

Gender studies

Critical theory

Translation and transculturation

Language pedagogy

Paola Sica teaches a variety of courses, especially those on modern and contemporary Italian verbal and visual cultures, including “Modernisms and Modernity,” “Italian Film and Literature: from Neorealism to the Present,” “Cultural Identity in Italy and Adjacent Geographical Areas (especially the Mediterranean)” and research seminars on various contemporary topics such as mobility, translation and transculturation.

She received a Laurea degree from the Università di Siena in Italy and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, complementing her studies on fellowships with a term at Sussex University in the United Kingdom and a year at Georgetown University. She briefly taught in Italy and for one year at Princeton University as a lecturer before coming to Connecticut College.

Her credentials include completion of the Corso di Perfezionamento (advanced course), Literary Translation, at Università di Siena, Italy; Research Fellow (post-laurea), literature, at Georgetown University; Visiting Research Student (pre-laurea), literature and linguistics, at Sussex University, UK; and language schools in Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; and Bedford, UK.

She chaired the department for the two three-year terms from 2006–2009, 2013-2016, and has been reconfirmed as chair for 2016-2019. She has served on several committees at the College, including the Academic and Administrative Procedures Committee, the Study Away Committee and the Educational Planning Committee. She has invited national and international guest speakers in Italian Film Studies and Comparative Cultures to the College, and has organized and chaired panels at national and international conferences. 

Her research and writing have been supported by numerous grants and awards and have resulted in various publications. Her first book, Modernist Forms of Rejuvenation: Eugenio Montale and T.S. Eliot, was published with the Italian academic press Olschki.

Her second authored book, Futurist Women: Florence, Feminism and the New Sciences, was published in 2015 and again in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. This is an interdisciplinary study that initially focuses on the local: the making of cultural identity in the women writers and artists of L’Italia futurista. It then broadens its scope to the global in order to examine related cultural strands in scientific and feminist thought that developed in various locations, especially Europe and North America. It is currently available in 200 libraries worldwide.

Her various translations and articles on twentieth-century Italian literature and culture appeared in such journals as Italica, Annali d’Italianistica, Italian Quarterly, Quaderni del ‘900Modern Language Notes and Yale Italian Poetry.

Her work has been presented in numerous academic and cultural settings, nationally and internationally, including the MLA and AISS conventions and Columbia University in the United States; the ISSEI conference in Finland; Queen Mary University in the United Kingdom; Istituto di Cultura in Canada, and Istituto Dante Alighieri in Italy.

Paola Sica is currently working on a book-length manuscript on women’s relocated fiction. 

See Paola Sica's curriculum vitae (pdf).

View the Italian Studies Department website.

Majoring in Italian Studies.

Contact Paola Sica

Mailing Address

Paola Sica
Connecticut College
Box #5376
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


405 Fanning Hall