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Giovanni (Gio) Minicucci

Giovanni (Gio) Minicucci

Giovanni (Gio) Minicucci

Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Spanish and Italian


Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
320 HB Crouse Hall


Spanish Language Literature and Culture

Office Hours

Thursdays 8:00 am-09:00 am / 11:00 am-12:00 pm

By appointment only: Zoom


  • M.A. Graduate Candidate in Hispanic Studies, Syracuse University, USA
  • M.A. Summa Cum Laude, in Italian Studies, Middlebury College Language Schools, USA
  • B.A. Summa Cum Laude, in Mediation and Intercultural Communication in English and Spanish Studies, University of Pescara, ITALY

Social/Academic Links

Courses Taught

  • SPA 101 - Spanish I
  • SPA 102 – Spanish II
  • SPA 201 – Spanish III
  • SPA 212 - Conversational Spanish II
  • ITA 212 – Conversational Italian II “Traveling to the beauty of Italy: history, culture and more”
Biographic Overview

Giovanni Minicucci is a Graduate candidate in Hispanic Studies at Syracuse University where he also teaches Spanish and Italian. He is the coordinator of ITALengUSA, with the support of the Italian Consulate in New York, where he has been coordinating a language exchange project between colleges and universities in the United States and Italy for almost four years. He is currently the chairperson for the graduate students conference: Romance Languages Colloquium that is going to be held in Syracuse in November for the first time.

Minicucci graduated with honors from the University of Pescara, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Italy where he studied Translation Studies, Linguistic Mediation, and Intercultural Communication in English and Spanish. He also studied for two academic semesters as an exchange scholar at Nazareth College (NY) and has had several experiences in the languages and linguistics field at American and Canadian universities such as St. John University (NYC, Queens), St. Thomas University (Miami), Occidental College (Los Angeles), and Niagara College (Welland, Ontario). He also graduated from Middlebury College with a Master of Arts in Italian Studies with honors.

He has presented on Hispanic, Italian and American Studies at the MLA Convention 2022 in Washington D.C., the Mediterranean Studies Conferences, the Luci e Ombre Film Conferences 2020 & 2021, 2nd AISNA Graduate Conference hosted the US embassy in Rome, Italy, Indiana University Graduate Conference,
His research interests are SLA (second language acquisition) in Italian and Spanish Studies, Border and Immigration Studies, Italian Medieval Studies, Early Modern Spain, Civil War and Generación del ’27.

Exchange Visiting Scholar

Nazareth College, Rochester, New York (2019,2020)

Niagara College at Welland, Ontario (2016, 2017)

Occidental College, Los Angeles (2015)

St. Thomas University, Miami (2014)

St. John’s University, New York (2013)

Journal Articles Publications

Minicucci, Giovanni. “Tonino Valerii, il western e il suo Abruzzo, prendilo è tuo!”. Rivista Luci e Ombre (online), November 2020, pp. 1-10.

Minicucci, Giovanni. “Gabriele D’Annunzio e la sua mediterraneità. La bellezza come stile di vita, natura come oggetto del ricordo” in Mediterranean Encounters and Legacies Incontri e lasciti mediterranei, December 2021, pp. 163-172. ISBN: 978-1-59954-188-4

Minicucci, Giovanni. “La Vita Davanti A Sé”. Rivista Luci e Ombre, vol 8, no. 2, 2020, ISSN:2372-7500.


ITALengUSA is a conversation bilingual program (English & Italian) hosted by the Italian Consulate in New York City, USA. This weekly phone conversation is meant to develop a cultural awareness of the politics, arts, media and present issues of contemporary aspects of the respective cultures.

  • Committee Chairperson, Romance Languages Colloquium
  • Academic Senator for Spanish Language, Literature & Culture
  • Associate Editor, Spanish and Portuguese Review AATSP
  • Civic Engagement and Outreach Committee, Event Supervisor
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Department Tutor/Assistant, University of Pescara (2020-2021)
  • University Languages Tutor, Nazareth College (2018-2010)

Instructor of conversation classes for Casa Italiana members at Nazareth College, Rochester on Zoom. Topics: grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking and CELI exercises for the certification of the Italian Language. Culture was also part of the classes with the study of some Italian region such as Sicily, Abruzzo and Tuscany.

Honors and Awards

Best scholar of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at Nazareth College for the Academic Year 2018-2019.

Recipient of the European Union Erasmus+ Program Grant in Coimbra, Portugal for the Academic Year 2018-2019.

Best scholar of the Latin American Literature course, SPN318 of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at Nazareth College for the Academic Year 2018-2019.

Recipient of European Union Erasmus+ Program Grant in Lincoln, United Kingdom at BISHOP GROSSETESTE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LINCOLN, for the Academic Year 2021-2022.

M.A. Italian at Middlebury College, 2021: Betty & David Jones Scholarship

M.A. Italian at Middlebury College, 2022: Betty & David Jones Scholarship

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Spanish and Italian Studies at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University, NY, (USA).

Inductee of Phi Beta Delta: Honor Society for International Scholars. “The purpose of Phi Beta Delta is to recognize and encourage achievements in the areas of international education and exchange”, Syracuse University (2022).


Gamma Kappa Alpha - National Italian Honor Society in the U.S.A.

AATI - American Association of Teachers of Italian

MLA – Modern Language Association

LASA – Latin American Studies Association

AAIS – American Association for Italian Studies

AATSP – American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

SCOLAS - The Southwest Council of Latin American Studies