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Roberta Waldbaum

Roberta WaldbaumRoberta Waldbaum
Teaching Professor of Italian
Sturm Hall, Room 331
Phone: 303-871-2186



  • PhD, Higher Education Administration with a cognate in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • MA, Italian, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • BA, Italian and French, University of Colorado at Boulder


Roberta K. Waldbaum is the Anna Maglione-Sie endowed professor in Italian culture and an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Denver. Her Italian and general education courses focus on language, literature, film and culture.

In her capacity as the Anna Maglione-Sie endowed professor, Roberta implements and oversees all of the endowment initiatives and activities, including: Italian studies research awards for DU faculty, academic grants for DU students in the Italian program, community-wide Italian cultural events, and Italian scholars in residence that bring to campus distinguished national and international Italianists.

Roberta has been the recipient of two teaching awards at DU: the Driscoll Master Teacher Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Her research, conference papers, professional presentations, and publications are in the areas of Italian cinema and the teaching of language and culture, language competencies and study abroad, 19th century Italian education, and international service learning and civic engagement.

Roberta co-founded the International Center for Civic Engagement in Bologna. From 2001 through 2010, she served as co-director, and was faculty director in residence in 2002, 2003 and 2008. In that capacity, she was one of the directors and co-principle investigators of a 2008-2013 FIPSE/ATLANTIS Excellence in Mobility Project Grant, "Global Cities/Citizenship: Social and Natural Transformation of Urban Areas in Europe and the USA," awarded to the University of Denver, Portland State University, University of Bologna and the University of Nottingham.


  • 20th and 21st century Italian film and literature
  • Images of Rome in literature and film
  • Cinema as a pedagogic tool in language acquisition and cultural competence
  • 19th century Italian education and innovation
  • International civic learning and engagement
  • Support of student study abroad scholarships through community connections


"The University and the City: Strengthening Students' Global Learning," Contours of the City Conference Proceedings, Bologna, Italy, May 3-5, 2012, Editrice La Mandragora, Imola (BO), Italy

"Ruins, Renaissance, and Romance: A Look at Italy from Three Perspectives: Rome, Florence and Venice," EnCompass: AAA Colorado (translation), March/April 2013.

"The Bologna Process in Action: Integrating Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in a Community Partnership," Proceedings from the John C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FLA, 2010.

"Alice Hallgarten Franchetti: Cultivating Learning Landscapes," The Grand Tour Lives On, book article and forward, pp. 7-8; and pp. 119-135. Lexis, Biblioteca di Scienze Umane, Cooperativa Libraria Universitaria Editrice Bologna (CLUEB), Bologna, Italy (2006).

"When the Other Becomes Us: International Service-Learning and Civic Engagement," Publication of the proceedings of the Associazione Italiana Studi Nord Americani (AISNA) Conference, November 2003, Rome, Italy, Otto Publishing Co., Turin, Italy (October 2006).

"International Service Abroad: Ethics, Social Responsibility and the Goals of Global Education." Proceedings from the Institute on College Student Values, Journal of College and Character, Summer 2003.

"Cinema and the Teaching of Italian Culture: World War II from Italian and German Perspectives." L'Italia nella Lingua e nel Pensiero, Quaderni di Libri e Riviste d'Italia, N. 46, Tomo I, Anthony Mollica e Riccardo Campa, Eds. Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato 2002.

Rights, Deviancy, and Crime in a Transnational Era, Giovanna Franci and Roberta Waldbaum, eds. Cooperativa Libraria Universitaria Editrice Bologna (CLUEB), Bologna, Italy, Heuresis 16, Scienze Letterarie, November 2001.