Dr. Maria Ann Roglieri is Professor of Romance Languages. She teaches courses in Italian language and Italian literature in translation (in the Honors Program). She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and a B.A. in Italian literature from Columbia University. She also studied Italian literature and opera at L’Università di Roma, La Sapienza.
Dr. Roglieri’s research interests include Dante and Ovid, and Dante and music. She is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Speakers Bureau and has given lectures all over the country about her research topics. She is author of the book, Dante and Music: Musical Adaptations of Dante's Commedia (Ashgate Press, 2001) and a contributing author in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality, Identity, and Appropriation (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Dante on View: The Reception of Dante in the Visual and Performing Arts (Ashgate, 2007). She has also written for the humanities journals Speculum, Italica, and Dante Studies, as well as for The Dante Encyclopedia and Carte Italiane. She is a member of The Dante Society of America, The American Association of Teachers of Italian, and the Modern Languages Association.
Dr. Roglieri is also the Founder and President of Mari Productions, LLC. As such, she is author and editor of the series, The Gluten-Free Guides (see www.theglutenfreeguides.com), which currently include: The Gluten-Free Guide to Italy, The Gluten-Free Guide to France, The Gluten-Free Guide to Spain, The Gluten-Free Guide to New York and The Gluten-Free Guide to Washington, D.C. She lectures regularly and writes for magazines and blogs worldwide on gluten-free living and travel. She also coaches newly-diagnosed celiacs. She is a member of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, The Celiac Sprue Association USA, and the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Roglieri has lived in New York, Rome, and Cambridge. She has taught Italian language and literature courses at Harvard University (1989-1994) and at St. Thomas Aquinas College since 1995. Dr. Roglieri has been active in many faculty committees and in student advisement and serves as faculty advisor to the STAC Italian Club on campus.
Dr. Roglieri is a recipient of awards such as the STAC Board of Trustees Award of Excellence, The Coccia Foundation Award for Excellence, and the Harvard Teaching Award.
She is a violinist and regularly performs in concerts at the College. She is on the Board of MusicWorks, a nonprofit organization that facilitates music lessons for the underprivileged.
In both her academic and her public service work, she regularly speaks Italian and French and does research, conducts business and publishes in several other languages. Thus in the classroom and by example she encourages her students to learn the basics of a Romance language and especially to conduct themselves in a variety of international research, business, and travel situations in multiple languages.