Faculty Advisory Committee

The Faculty Advisory Committee provides oversight to all academic and educational programs and activities hosted in the Rome Global Gateway. The Committee spearheads the development of plans for future expansion and growth of research and graduate programs, undergraduate educational opportunities, and other academic programming in the Gateway.

Committee Chair: 


Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. - Inaugural Academic Director of the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway - Professor of Italian and the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame

Prof. Ted Cachey earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Cachey specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature, in particular Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, the history of the Italian language, and the literature and history of travel. He has authored or edited several books, including Le isole fortunate; Appunti di storia letteraria italiana (1994); Pigafetta’s First Voyage Around the World (1995; 2nd revised edition, 2007); Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies (1995); Petrarch’s Guide to the Holy Land (2002), Le culture di Dante (2004), Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (2009), as well as essays and book chapters in Annali d'Italianistica, Belfagor, California Italian Studies, Intersezioni, The History of Cartography, Modern Language Notes, Schede umanistiche, and Rivista di letteratura italiana. He is founder and co-editor (with Zygmunt G. Baranski and Christian Moevs) of the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of Letteratura Italiana Antica (Rome), Nuova Rivista di Letteratura Italiana (Pisa), Teachers of Italian (AATI), Italian Studies: The Journal of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS).

Contact Informationtcachey@nd.edu


Committee Members:


Zygmunt Baranski – Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge

Professor Baranski is among the world's leading authorities on Dante, medieval Italian literature, medieval poetics, and modern Italian literature, film, and culture. His publications include Petrarch and Dante. Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (Co-editor Theodore Cachey. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009); "Chiosar con altro testo". Leggere Dante nel Trecento (Florence: Cadmo, 2001); Dante e i segni. Saggi per una storia intellettuale di Dante (Naples: Liguori, 2000); Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture (Co-editor Rebecca West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001); Pasolini Old and New. Surveys and Studies (Ed. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999); "Sole nuovo, luce nuova". Saggi sul rinnovamento culturale in Dante (Turin: Scriptorium, 1996).


Joseph A. Buttigieg – Department of English - William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Director of the PhD in Literature Program, Director of theThe Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, Co-Director of the Italian Studies at Notre Dame

Joseph A. Buttigieg's main interests are modern literature, critical theory, and the relationship between culture and politics. In addition to numerous articles, Buttigieg has authored a book on James Joyce's aesthetics, A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective. He is also the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks, a project that has been supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Several of his articles on Gramsci have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. He was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society of which he is president. The Italian Minister of Culture appointed him to a commission of experts to oversee the preparation of the "edizione nazionale" of Gramsci's writings. Buttigieg serves on the editorial and advisory boards of various journals, and he is a member of the editorial collective of Boundary 2.


Thomas Fuja – College of Engineering - Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Professor at the College of Engineering, Professor at the Wireless Institute

Tom Fuja received his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, graduating with a B.S.E.E. and a B.S.Comp.E. in 1981. He subsequently attended Cornell University, where he received the M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Since 1998 Prof. Fuja has been a member of the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where he is currently a professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Previously, from 1987 to 1998, Fuja was on the faculty of the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. In addition, Prof. Fuja served as Program Director for Communications Research at the U.S. National Science Foundation in 1997 and 1998. Prof. Fuja has been very active in the IEEE Information Theory Society, serving in a variety of roles on its Board of Governors from 1988 to 2004 and as its President in 2002. He also served as Associate Editor at Large of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1998 to 2001.


Krupali Uplekar Krusche – School of Architecture - Academic Director of the School of Architecture, Rome Global Gateway

Prof. Krupali Uplekar Krusche teaches architectural design and historic preservation in the Rome Program of the School of Architecture. In 2007 she founded and currently directs DHARMA (Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis) research team, specializing in 3D documentation of World Heritage Sites. Among many other projects, in 2010, Professor Krusche and her team started documenting the world renowned Roman Forum, Rome, Italy, in partnership with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and the Archaeological Service, Rome. A 3D Exhibit and International Conference, 'The Digital Future of World Heritage' was conducted in partnership with the United States Embassy to Italy, NASA, UNESCO and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage in 2014. Both projects are part of the four year agreement with the World Heritage Center of UNESCO. A book with two volumes on the Roman Forum is forthcoming. Prof. Krusche received her Master's from Dessau, where the Bauhaus architecture first originated. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Bombay University, India.


Margaret Meserve – Department of History - Associate Professor; Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters

Margaret Meserve earned her B.A. in Classics at Harvard, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Renaissance History at the Warburg Institute of the University of London. She studies the Italian Renaissance, especially the histories of printing and book production; history writing, diplomacy, and travel; and the city of Rome and the Papacy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She is writing a book on the circulation of news, information, propaganda, and disinformation in papal Rome in the first decades after the arrival of print (ca 1470-1527). 

Ingrid Rowland

Ingrid Rowland – School of Architecture - Professor at the School of Architecture, Rome Global Gateway

Ingrid Rowland (Ph.D., Greek Literature and Classical Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, Doctor of Fine Arts, Pomona College) teaches at the Rome Global Gateway of the University of Notre Dame and writes for the New York Review of Books. Her own books include studies of Renaissance Rome, the seventeenth-century forger Curzio Inghirami, the sixteenth-century philosopher Giordano Bruno, the history of the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Rome, and Pompeii.  She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a founding member of the Academia Bibliothecae Alexandrinae (Egypt) and a Socio Corrispondente of the Accademia degli Intronati of Siena and the Accademia dei Sepolti of Volterra.

Steven Semes

Steven Semes - School of Architecture - Professor, School of Architecture, Rome Global Gateway

Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty Steven Semes practiced architecture for over thirty years, including tenure with New York firms Johnson/Burgee Architects and Cooper Robertson & Partners. He was principal of his own firm in New York from 1999-2006, and houses of his design were selected as the Hampton Cottages & Gardens Idea House two years in succession, in 2006 and 2007. He is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (W. W. Norton & Co., 2009) and his articles have appeared in National Trust Forum JournalTraditional BuildingPeriod Homes, and American Arts Quarterly, among other publications. He was profiled in the Wall Street Journal of September 13, 2011. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania preservation journal Change Over Time. In 2010 he received the Clem Labine Award from Traditional Building magazine, and in 2013 was appointed Editor of the annual journal of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, The Classicist. He also writes a blog, “The View from Rome” at www.traditional-building.com


Mitchell Wayne – Department of Physics - Professor, Elementary Particle Physics

Professor Wayne’s current research focuses on two high energy colliding beam experiments: the study of proton-antiproton collisions with the D0 detector at the Fermilab Tevatron, and the study of proton-proton collisions at the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Physics topics of interest include the search for the Higgs Boson and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model, for example supersymmetry and compositeness. Prof. Wayne’s students and postdoctoral researchers have done analyses on a number of topics, including searches for the Higgs, compositeness and extra dimensions, as well as measurements of W boson production at the Tevatron. Prof. Wayne has a strong interest in particle detector R&D, in particular fiber tracking and calorimetry, and the advanced photon detectors used to process the light produced in the fibers. Current work is focused on Silicon Photomultipliers as potential readout devices for calorimeter upgrades in CMS, and for a muon detector at the International Linear Collider.