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Pier Matteo Barone

Archaeology and Classics, Adjunct Professor and Student Advisor

Dr. Pier Matteo Barone is an adjunct faculty member of the American University of Rome teaching courses on archaeological methodology, geophysical techniques (GPR, in particular) and forensic archaeology, as well as courses on the archaeology and heritage of Rome and the eastern Mediterranean. His research is centered on different remote sensing applications to better understand the archaeological landscape. He is also a recognized expert in forensic archaeology employed to testify in criminal and civil cases. He was a co-investigator in a three-year research project (FIRB 2012) with the geological institute of CNR (IGAG) investigating marble quarries of the Greco-Roman world in Turkey. Finally, he has authored over one hundred publications on these topics, he has presented several papers in national and international conferences, he has appeared on national public/private radio, TV, and magazines, and he is co-editor and reviewer of several international peer-reviewed journals.


Chiara Lino

Student Life Coordinator and Intercultural Relations Specialist

Chiara has joined AUR in 2002 and has worked for 5 years as Assistant to the President. During those years she has learned the university from an “administrative/presidential point of view”, then she decided to join the student life department to know the university from another perspective. Chiara is a proud Roman and Italian and tries hard to let students love the Roman way of living. She is a vital and open minded person who believes that students’ experience in Rome should be lived in a highly involved and enthusiastic way.



Zoe de Smet


Zoe was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium where she majored in Communication and graduated in 1996. She started doing Public Relations in a cultural center in Brussels and moved to Italy in 1999. She then worked at La Sapienza University in Rome and after for a non-profit organization operating in the Euro-Mediterranean region. In both positions she assisted the management of EU-funded projects in the cultural, social and higher education fields.

Zoe joined AUR in 2007 as Assistant Registrar and became Registrar in 2012. She is pleased helping out students with issues going from registration to graduation. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Dutch. She has a daughter and a son and in her free time she likes to read, watch movies and go to contemporary exhibitions and dance performances.


Diane Abi Khalil

Adjunct Professor

Professor Abi Khalil is a consultant in International Cooperation and Emergency. She has 10 years of professional experience working with international organizations and public administration. She worked in operational contexts in Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan and Republic of Central Africa. She has an applied knowledge in humanitarian negotiations, project management, protection and other humanitarian field activities and programs.
She has followed training in HR management, Security and Stress Management, Leadership and other intensive trainings for field missions. She managed multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.


Andrea Pacor

Adjunct Professor

Professor Pacor's research interests focus on modern and contemporary American literature and culture. He is interested in the intersection between subjectivity, national identity, and life-writing. His research explores how individuals frame their own subjectivity in relation to sovereign power, organized in a global system of nation states. In his work on the Japanese American Internment during World War II, he explores how political rejection/banishment affects the banished individual’s sense of self, and how its recovery depends on restoring allegiance with a state-structure willing to engage in a reciprocal relation.

He has also researched post-World War II African-American neo-slavery narratives and the creative use of the past in the shaping of identity. Modern and contemporary African American writers revisit slavery and integrate the present and the past using the imagination to fill gaps in the historical record, and to actualize autobiographies by former slaves. These gaps are filled with the help of theories of race, ethnicity, and gender, resulting in narratives that say as much about the present as they do about the past.

An additional area of interest relates to narrative technique in the modern American short story, in particular in the work of Raymond Carver.