Paola Basile, Ph.D. | Faculty

Professor of Italian and French

1 (440) 375-7542

Arts Education Humanities and Social Sciences

College Hall

College Hall 205

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.

    • Italian Regional Gastronomy.


  • Numerous Grants awarded by the IACF, the Italian American Culture Foundation (2006-2020).

  • Various "Faculty Awards" (Professional Development, 2005-present) to travel for conferences. Lake Erie College and the Doris Bray Endowed Faculty Enrichment Fund.

  • Grants awarded every year by  "Il Cenacolo Italiano di Cleveland"  (Fournier Fund) from 2017 to present.

  • 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.

  • Grant awarded by the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA) to publish my book: "Explore Italy: Regional Cuisine, Culture, and Language" in 2023.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Italian Studies.

  • Canadian Society for Italian Studies.

  • Bridges Across Cultures.

  • 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; "Explore Italy. Regional Cuisine, Culture, and Language. Il Centro", Cleveland 2023.

  • 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 2006-2020.