Paola Basile

Professor of Italian and French
  • Phone 440.375.7542
  • Office LocationCollege Hall 205
  • Office HoursM,W 1:00-2:30 p.m.., TR 12:15-1:45 p.m. OR BY APPOINTMENT

Paola Basile Professor of Italian and French

What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?
Lake Erie College is unique because of its family-like environment and small class sizes that allow me the flexibility to teach a wide variety of courses in Italian and French Studies. This allows me to organize study trips abroad as part of my courses which are wonderful learning-experiences for the students that they couldn’t find at other schools.
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Université de Montréal (Canada)
  • M.A., French Studies, McGill University (Canada)
  • "Laurea di dottore” with honors (Master’s degree), Modern Languages and Literature, University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy)
  • Translator Diploma, Université de Grenoble (France)

Courses Taught:

  • All level Italian Studies courses 
  • All level French Studies courses
  • International Studies and Study Tour Abroad courses
  • English Honors courses
  • Studies in World Literature
Research/Creative Activity Interests:
  • My research is approached from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective, and my interests are as follows:

    • Comparative Literature (Italian/French/English) as it relates to the journey, otherness, identity, transformation, and discovery.
    • The intersection of Literature, Art, Culture, and Philosophy.
    • Dante’s Divine Comedy.
    • Film Studies.
    • Foreign Language Pedagogy.
    • French-Canadian Literature.
  • Numerous Grants awarded by the IACF, the Italian American Culture Foundation (2006-present).
  • Various "Faculty Awards" (Professional Development, 2005-present) to travel for conferences. Lake Erie College and the Doris Bray Endowed Faculty Enrichment Fund.
  • Three grants awarded by "Il Cenacolo Italiano di Cleveland" (Fournier Fund) in 2017, 2018, and in 2019.
  • Grant awarded in 2011 by the LEC Entrepreneurship Fund to invite on campus the international and well renowned artist Luca Buvoli.
  • Grant awarded in 2010 by the Italian Consulate of Detroit and by the “Comitati degli Italiani all’estero” in support of Italian Culture activities at Lake Erie College.
Professional Memberships:
  • American Association for Italian Studies.
  • Canadian Society for Italian Studies.
  • Italian American Cultural Foundation; director of the annual IACF essay selection process.
  • Northeast Modern Language Association.
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
  • Books and Textbooks: “Learn Italian with Pirandello”, 2015; “Imparare l’Italiano recitando: La Locandiera. Una versione creativa”,  2013;  “I folli voli di Ulisse”, 2006; “Battito d’ali”,  1995.
  • Translated Books: Jimmy Cornell, “La passione per il mare”, from English to Italian, published in 2007. Bernard Moitessier, “Vela, mari lontani, isole e lagune”,   from French to Italian, published in 1996.
  • Over twenty Articles (in Italian, in English, and in French) on topics related to my research interests (see above).
  • Numerous Translated Articles and Book Reviews.
Career Accomplishments:
  • Co-organized Italian Studies academic conferences in the United States, in Canada, and in Italy.
  • Over thirty scholarly presentations (in Italian, in English, and in French) at academic conferences in the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.
  • Taught at Universities in Canada (Université de Montréal & Concordia University) and in Switzerland (Franklin University).
  • Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2008-11). 
  • Book Review Editor for "Quaderni d’Italianistica” (the official peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, 2011-15).
  • Developed and led eleven successful study-tours abroad for LEC students
  • Developed the Italian Studies major.
  • Co-developed the French Studies major.
  • Director of the annual IACF  (Italian American Cultural Foundation) Literature Award process from 2006 to present. 


  • Italian (native), French (near-native), English (near-native), Spanish (fluent), Latin (basic), German (basic), Japanese (basic).
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