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Gina Miele

Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures

BA, College of the Holy Cross
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University
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Dr. Gina M. Miele, Italian professor, program coordinator for the MAT in Italian, and founding director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at MSU, received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian folktales, particularly those of Luigi Capuana and Italo Calvino. She has published in Italica, Marvels and Tales, Fabula and Italian Quarterly. She is a contributor to the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives and Teaching Fairy Tales, as well as the co-author of the workbook that accompanies the textbook Parliamo Italiano. She has written essays and book reviews on Italian American studies in the Harvard College Journal of Italian American History and Culture, the Italian American Review, Altreitalie, the Paterson Literary Review and Primo. She currently is working on an annotated translation of the complete collection of fairy tales by Luigi Capuana and a study of how the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education can be extended to middle school, secondary school and university settings. Her other research interests include Italian and Italian American folklore, Italian women healers, Italian folk medicine and magic, and Italian women writers.


19th and 20th century Italian literature
Folklore, Fairytales, and Children's Literature
Italian Women Writers
Italian Food Culture
Italian Folktales, Folklore, and Traditions
Luigi Capuana
Italo Calvino
Italian American Literature, History, and Culture

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Research Projects

International Interdisciplinary Immersion in Reggio Emilia, Italy

A new international interdisciplinary initiative has been launched which provides a rich cultural and educational immersion for teacher education students. This co-taught course involves travel to Italy as well as a hybrid university course to engage with the well-established and widely respected Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and pedagogy. Travel to Italy occurs in March to attend the 2024 Students-Professors Study Group in Reggio Emilia. We anticipate that this unique course and travel opportunity may be available to educators and other students outside the university in the future.

Please note that this course and travel are now filled to capacity for 2024.

This innovative interdisciplinary course and travel, which are offered across two colleges, have been collaboratively conceptualized and carefully designed by full time faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Erwin, College of Education and Engaged Learning and Dr. Gina Miele, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Reggio Emilia educational philosophy is known worldwide for its inclusive and progressive approach for very young and school-aged children and has wide application to older students too. The Reggio Emilia Approach® reflects an educational philosophy and pedagogy that acknowledges the environment as teacher and shows deep respect for children as co-contributors to their own learning through purposeful research investigations. The application of this philosophy involves in-depth inquiry-based learning and an emergent curriculum which allows educators and children to co-construct knowledge about the world.