Dr Barbara Martelli

PhD in Italian

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Professional Teaching Fellow


I work as Professional Teaching Fellow in Italian at CLL (School of Cultures, Languages ​​and Linguistics) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where I completed my PhD in Italian Studies and currently tutor and coordinate language acquisition courses in Italian.

Since 2015 I have also taught at the Dante Alighieri School and in other institutions. 

I hold a Master in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology from the University of Bologna and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Milan. I also hold the DITALS certification from the University for Foreigners of Siena for teaching Italian as a foreign language. 

Previously I was coordinator of the Creative Writing Centre at the Terre di Mezzo publishing house in Milan. 

My field of interest includes Italian literature, in particular crime fiction, cultural, medical, political anthropology, and the methodology of language teaching.

I was born in Milan in October 1982. 

Research | Current

  • Contemporary Italian crime fiction
  • Anthropology of the body 
  • Methodology of language teaching 

Areas of expertise

Italian literature, popular literature, media studies, crime fiction, medical and political anthropology, death studies. 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

I am a member of AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian), AAIS (American Association for Italian Studies), CAIS (Canadian Association for Italian Studies), and NZALT (New Zealand Association of Language Teachers).

Founding member and active participant of the anthropological association Antropolis Milano and member of ANPIA, the Italian Anthropological Society.



Contact details

Office hours

By appointment.

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 515
New Zealand

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