Faculty Profile

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Laura Chiesa

Associate Professor of Italian
Romance Languages and Literatures


  • PhD, Comparative Literature, UCLA, 2005

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Studies, UB

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is one of the fundamental forms of generosity promoting the prosperity of life in the academic community; mentoring takes its shape from listening, talking, sharing, encouraging, and upholding each individual desire and challenge. Mentoring consists in supporting students’ aspirations and goals. In academia, many different circumstances can momentarily create difficulty, doubt and incomprehension, hence mentoring implies helping students to find their own paths on which to orient themselves and advance, amid the complexity of academic life. 

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for other loved ones.
  • Financial stress and strain.
  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.