LdM Rome Faculty

Our faculty memebers attained their degree in Italy and abroad and are recognized professionals in their areas of expertise. They provide a link between the school and the city and assume a crucial role in the developement of the campus and the personal growth of each student. LdM teaching methods aim to involve each student through active participation both in class and on site.

Justin Bradshaw (Painting Drawing and Mixed Media)

was born in London and came to Rome in 1994. He studied painting in London at the City and East London art college, but it was in Rome that he began to sell paintings. The first few years in the city were spent painting views of Rome in watercolour and building up a client base, until his first exhibition in the year 2000 at a private gallery in the Ghetto area of Rome (Sala Margana). Since then he has held 10 exhibitions, and participated in three group exhibitions, all in Rome.In 2003 he moved to the town of Civita Castellana 50km from Rome.

Arianna Consolandi

(Environmental Studies)

has a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences with specialisation in Ecology from Università  degli Studi dell’Insubria. She taught Microbiology at the Faculty of Health Biology at the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria. She holds a PhD in Molecolar Medicine, Università  degli Studi di Milano.

foto_antonellaAntonella  Costa

(Italian Language and Culture)

Has a Laurea (MA equivalent)  with honors in Foreign Languages and Literaturesfrom the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. Has specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language, she holds the certification in Teaching Italian as a second language (DITALS) from the University of Siena. From 2008 she has been teaching English and French to Italian students and Italian to Foreigner students. She is really excited to have recently joined LDM.
Her method of teaching is communicative and student-centered, based on the development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing. In her classes, grammar is always put in context, with the awareness that there is a reciprocal connection between language and culture.

frauzel Flavia Frauzel

(Classical Studies)

She is currently attending her first year at PHD student in Post-classical Archaeology (Sapienza University, Rome). Her Thesis will examine a number of Ostrogothic inscription from the Italian peninsula and its conterminous areas.
Her main research field is Epigraphy – including classical, pre-Christian and medieval inscriptions – but she is also interested in Roman and Medieval funerary archaeology, topography (i.e. mobility and pilgrimage), art history and material culture. The subject of her Senior Thesis and School of Specialization Thesis – “Medieval Inscriptions from the District of Rome. Centuries VI-XII A.C.” , discussed in 2010 and 2013 – will be deepen and widen in view of a monographic edition by CISAM (Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo).
She cooperates with EDR’s project (Epigraphic database Roma: www.edr-edr.it) and works for the Cultural Association she has founded in March, 2010 (“Trasecoli”: www.trasecoli.it). She teaches courses in Christian and Medieval Archaeology and Roman History, giving her students a diachronic view of Italian scenario, and the chance to eyewitness ancient monuments and objects. In order to stimulate students’ critical skills in observing archaeo-historical phenomena, her method includes on-site lessons, class discussions and various activities (quizzes, students’ oral presentations, and so on).
Excavations, surveys and laboratories on Palatine’s N-E mountside (2006, 2012), Peltuinum (2011) and Leopoli-Cencelle (2007, 2010).

Patricia Gaborik

(Literature/Music, Cinema and Theatre studies)

Patricia Gaborik holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Northwestern University, a Master’s in Dramatic Arts from the University of California – Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Theatre history and criticism with a minor in Italian studies from the University of Wisconsin. In 2005-06, she was the Paul Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Modern Italian studies at the American Academy in Rome. Patricia’s scholarship on topics as diverse as theatrical translation, dialect theatre, futurism, fascism, and the modernist playwright Massimo Bontempelli can be found in the journals Metamorphoses and Modern Drama and the editions National Theatres in a Changing Europe, Avant-Garde Performance and Material Exchange and the forthcoming Atlante storico della letteratura italiana. Patricia is also a playwright: her latest work, Finishing the Kitchen, was given its world premier in 2010 by The English Theatre of Rome. At LdM, she teaches courses in Italian Literature, Italy in the Grand Tour, and Shakespeare.

Molly Gage
(Art Therapy)
Master’s Degree in Art Therapy form The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Molly Gage has worked as an Art Therapist in various settings, including heading the Art Therapy program in an alternative-to-prison program for residents with AIDS and substance abuse issues in the Bronx, NYC.  In her Introduction to Art Therapy class, she aims to expose her students to the principles of art therapy, to new and exciting applications of art therapy with various populations, and provide students with the opportunity to use the therapeutic process of art making to gain insight in their own lives.
Pia Kehl
(History of Architecture)

was born in Germany and came 1981 to Italy. PhD at the University of Bonn in Archaeology, Renaissance, Baroque architecture and urbanism. Mainly interested in the typological features of Italian and French residences since 1400.  Documents, however, corroborate a continuous exchange of written sources and drawings resulting in mutual inspiration and a common evolution of ideas: a cultural interchange offers a proven new perspective on art history that is much more plausible. Her second exciting project is the building history of Yuanming Yuan, the so-called summer palace of the Chinese kings, located in Peking which was built starting 1730 by the Jesuits. This is her teaching philosophy: “Teaching is more than posing questions. I show students how to find and support their own answers to historical problems. Students often approach history with the idea that it is a course about truth; I want to convey the idea that it is a discipline full of contested theories open to a reinterpretation in light of better evidence”.

Sara Magister

(Art History)

Born in Rome, graduated in Modern Art History, with a Post Grad specialization in History of Medioeval and Modern Art and a Ph.D. in Classical studies , she is specialized in the history of art of the 15th and 16th centuries and on the collectionism of antiquities during the Renaissance and Baroque ages. She has been working as a scientific consultant for the Vatican Museums, researcher for the Architectural Public Board of Lazio, coordinator of educational museums projects and of exhibitions catalogues  and books, editor for the National Italian Encyclopaedia.

She has been leading the “Baroque Rome” and Symbolism in Art†courses at Lorenzo De’ Medici, Rome, since 2007.

Angela Mascolo

(Italian Language and Culture)

has a Laurea with honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures (MA equivalent), with a specialization in North American Literature, from the University of Bari.
For several years in the US, a graduate student in the MAH Program (English and American Literature, Italian Literature and Film), Department of Modern Languages, State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was writing a thesis on a comparative study between James Joyce’s “The Dead and R. Rossellini’s film Voyage to Italy, she taught Italian Language and Culture first  in the same Department, in Buffalo and, later, at C.W.Post Campus, Department of Modern Languages, Long Island University, N.Y.
From 2002 in Italy,she has collaborated to the publication of Sotto il cielo di Roma. Roma nella poesia del mondo da Licofrone alle neoavanguardie degli anni 60, a collection of poetry from around the world inspired by Rome  from Licofrone to the Sixties, by Prof. Bettini, University of La Sapienza, Rome and the Center for Culture and Literature of the Mediterranean, Link Campus, University of Malta, Rome.In Rome, she has  translated art history panels for MP Mirabilia and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Properties.At Lorenzo de’ Medici in Rome, she is teaching courses of Italian Language and Culture.

Kathleen McGovern

(Introduction to Journalism)

graduated from Harvard (BA in English and American Literature); Europa-Institut, Germany (Masters in International Affairs, Fulbright Scholar); and INSEAD (MBA, Rotary Scholar).
She has taught both Introduction to Journalism and Travel Writing at Lorenzo de’ Medici.




Margarita Milikh


was born in Moscow, Russia. She completed her undergraduate studies in Medieval History, attending universities in Washington, Moscow and Paris; and received her MA in International Relations from St.John’s University in Rome. For the past five years, Margarita has worked in the field of international cooperation on projects dealing with cultural peacebuilding, development, rule of law and youth policy. She is currently working as Project Officer at the International Development Law Organization.


Sergio Pirilli

(Music, Cinema and Theatre Studies)

Born in Rome and raised in Belgium , Bulgaria, Marocco. Graduated in Film studies at the University La Sapienza in Rome, he is a theatre and cinema actor.
He teaches acting in both french and italian schools. He is a founder member of the french theatre company ” La vie En Prose” and  has been producing short movies in the last 3 years .

santoro 1Valentina Santoro
(Classical studies/Archaeology)
School of Specialization in Ancient Rome Archaeology Studies at the University of Salerno; M.A. in Lettere (dept. Classical Archaeology) cum laude at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Scientific Collaborator of Archaeology Superintendency of Rome and Latium region from 2003, she works as field director on several scientific and emergency excavations downtown and in the province of Rome. Mainly interested in Imperial and Late Imperial Age period, she has been member of the fieldwork team at Villa dei Quintili site from 2003 to 2007, director of the Severian buildings and the Domus Augustana complex on the Palatine hill excavation project from 2009 to 2014 and survey director and researcher of the main ancient monuments on the Appian Way from 2004 to 2014.
Core competences: ancient coloured marbles (especially the opus sectile of decorated walls and floors), roman architectural techniques.
Her method of teaching consist in examining historical events, architecture features and art-works directly and in its original context as a necessary and most interesting way to verify the peculiarities of the periods and topics examined.

DSCF1453Tiziana Sbisà

(Art History/History)

Tiziana holds an M.A. Specialization in the History of Medieval Art from Rome’s University “La Sapienza” and a Ph.D. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Before becoming part of LdM faculty she has worked in the museum field as curatorial intern in the Cleveland Museum of Art and museum educator for college and adult audiences in the Vatican Museums.
Her research interests center around high and late medieval Italian and Mediterranean history, culture, religion, and politics. Over the past five years, she has conducted extensive research in Greece and Cyprus studying the artistic hybridities during the Crusader period and the cultural relations between the Byzantines and the Latins.
She encourages all her students to engage as closely as possible with actual works of art and architecture and regularly leads visits to Roman ruins, shrines, and collections. Her goal in teaching is to excite students’ enthusiasm to learn about classical antiquity and the middle ages and to instill in them good critical thinking skills as well as analytical abilities that will prepare them for successful lives and careers.