The Program is open to scholars wishing to take advantage of AUR’s expertise and resources and to contribute to the mission and goals of the Graduate School:

  • postgraduate research students currently registered for a PhD at universities in any country of the world.
  • postdoctoral scholars and experienced professionals.
  • independent scholars.

Scholars are expected to have their own funding and health insurance. They are responsible for applying for the visa, as required by their nationality, and for their own accommodation. 
AUR can write a letter in support of the application.

Visiting Scholars are expected to be at AUR for at least one month.  AUR may offer a desk, if available, and access to its facilities.  Visiting scholars may be assisted in finding accommodation

The visiting scholar

  • must hold an academic position within his/her home institution or an established track record of research or professional experience.
  • must have a faculty sponsor at AUR who will oversee and guide him/her during the entire length of the visit to AUR.

The visiting scholar should apply providing the following information:

  • A one-two page proposal on research/activities to be carried out during the period of study
  • An academic CV
  • A letter from the Chair of the Department at home institution requesting to host the Visiting Scholar (for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral scholars).
  • A reference letter (for experienced professionals and independent scholars).

All proposed visits are subject to the written approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Visiting scholars will participate in the academic life of the Graduate School and may also contribute to co-teaching courses, give seminars, mentor students and give public lectures.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to gradschool@aur.edu.

Current & past visiting scholars

Dr. Melanie Barbato
Melanie Barbato, post-doctoral researcher in Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology at WWU Münster, Germany, will be a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of The American University of Rome during March and April 2017. She will be in Rome for library research and to conduct interviews as part of her research into high-level Hindu-Christian dialogue. The study examines how the documents of the Vatican and World Council of Churches negotiate the possible tension between theological dialogue and public diplomacy and asks what contribution high-level interreligious dialogue can make to fostering a more peaceful (world) society. Melanie is also a co-operating researcher on the research project ‘Legions of the Pope’ about the political dimension of papal pilgrimages. Her doctoral thesis examined the various interpretations of a Jaina teaching (anekantavada) before and after the encounter with the West. Melanie has an academic interest in intercultural and interreligious interaction, religion and art, religion and politics, Asian religions and Christianity. She holds degrees from the University of Stirling, Scotland, the University of Oxford, England, and LMU Munich, Germany. She blogs for the Critical Religion Association and is a member of Occurso, a German institute for interreligious and intercultural dialogue. While at AUR, Melanie Barbato will be available as guest lecturer in suitable courses in Art History, International Relations and the Master in Food Studies where she plans to teach on the role of food in Indian Religions. She will also be available to assist Master level students in the method of critical discourse analysis.
Dilara Köksal
Dilara Köksal, a PhD candidate in Production Management and Marketing at the Department of Business Administration in Marmara University, İstanbul, was a visiting scholar from November 2016 to February 2017 at the Graduate School of The American University of Rome in relation to research for her dissertation titled “Value Creation in Arts Marketing and Online Art Markets”.
The focus of her dissertation is to enlighten attitudes toward art buying via online art selling platforms. According to recent reports on online art consumption, online art markets are considered a promising addition to traditional art markets. In fact, because of their two-sided structure, in her dissertation Ms. Köksal suggests that these platforms should be also seen as an alternative way for newly graduated or non-famous artists who are mostly seen as an extra cost for galleries to gain exposure. However, it is crucial to understand consumers’ concerns and attitudes toward online art selling platforms due to the distinctive features of an art work/object. Therefore, Ms. Köksal has designed an online survey that she is conducting both in Turkey and Italy to further understand and present the factors that affect consumers’ online art buying decisions.
Carolyn Baber
Visiting Scholar at AUR September-December 2016

I am a library faculty member at San Diego State University (USA) and I am on a research sabbatical to work on my project “From Strategy to Tactics: Making Library Strategic Plans Work.”  Project goals include (1) exploration the nature of “academic library trends” as predictors of future best practices (service models, resource profiles, professional development) and (2) development of a toolkit of small group planning activities based on active learning principles.

Libraries in the United States often craft strategic plans following the advice of several well-known authors of library planning literature.  These works provide a good research-grounded blueprint for developing a library strategic plan.  At a macro level they provide guidance on how to develop a strategy–a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim–by offering steps, rationales, and suggested document structure.  What is generally missing are tactics–actions or activities carefully planned to achieve a specific end.  Libraries are advised to create a forecast section ”using the facts of the present to determine what is most likely to occur in the future.” Well-known techniques such as STEP (Social, Technological, Economic, and Political) or SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) are often suggested.  But, they provide little guidance on how to deploy such techniques in organizations with employees of varying knowledge and experience with such approaches.

This projects seeks to answer the following questions for United States and select European libraries.

  • Is there consensus about where the 21st Century academic library headed?
  • Does the professional literature predict which trends have become future best practices?
  • Do US and European library strategic plans reflect local engagement with global trends?
  • And, ultimately, what is our forecast of the future?

Answers to these questions, can help craft a clear and realistic understanding of external factors that influence a library’s ability to appropriately respond to change. Contacts with The American University of Rome will provide an additional perspective about issues raised by these questions.

Ms. Julia Peters
Ph.D. candidate at the department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Kent, will be a visiting scholar at AUR from July, 2016 to August, 2017. 
A graduate of the first cohort of the M.A. programme in Roman History and Archaeology co-taught at the University of Kent, Canterbury and the Graduate School of the American University of Rome (2013-14), Julia will make frequent trips to Rome in the coming year to conduct research on her thesis entitled: "Testaccio: the origins and value of Rome’s working-class neighbourhood."

Wenjia Liu
Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou City, Henan province, China
2015-16 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Visiting Scholar at AUR – March to April 2016

Based on my research background – architecture and urban design, and some projects of Archaeological Sites planning (archaeological parks) I’ve participated in, I am focusing on the sustainable approaches for conserving and managing archaeological sites in rapid development of urbanization to realize the goals of urban heritage conservation and those of social and economic development.

Ms. Diana Garvin,
Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Cornell University, was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of the American University of Rome (AUR) for the months of November and December 2015. Prior to her graduate work at Cornell, she taught at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Associazione Italo-Americana in Bologna, Italy, and at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. In 2006, she received her A.B. in Romance Studies (Italian, French, Spanish) from Harvard University.  Food Studies, Gender Studies, and Critical Race Studies collectively inform her work.  Following these themes, Ms Garvin’s dissertation “Feeding Fascism: Tabletop Politics in Italy and Italian East Africa, 1922-1945” analyses food as the physical evidence of power negotiations between individual women and the State in Italy and in former Italian East Africa (modern-day Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia). Ms. Garvin’s project has been awarded the AAUW American Fellowship (2015), the Julia Child Foundation Scholarship (2014) and the AFS Sue Samuelson Award for Foodways Scholarship (2013).

Thanks to the support of the CLIR Mellon Fellowship, she spent the 2015-2016 academic year working in Italy. During this time she was a guest lecturer in the M.A. in Food Studies program and a mentor to AUR’s graduate students. On 12 November Ms. Garvin made a special presentation entitled, “From Traditional Tortellini to Queer Penne: Pasta Advertising and the Changing Italian Family”, which was open to all AUR students, faculty and local food policy professionals.

Mr. Sungwoon Jung,
PhD candidate in East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University in Japan, was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of the American University of Rome for the month of October 2015. As part of his international program of study, Mr. Jung conducted his literature and field research in Rome and other areas in Italy, capitalizing on the food networks in this region.

While at AUR, Mr. Jung presented at the Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods hosted by AUR and the American Academy of Rome, in collaboration with the University of Naples Federico II and Pisa University. He also gave a seminar to students in the M.A. Food Studies program about his research project which examines the sustainable development of alternative agri-food networks, especially focusing on a closer relationship between producers/farmers and consumers, their immaterial production/labor, and their contribution to place/space transition of the urban and the rural, based on case studies in South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, and Italy. AUR was pleased to be involved in this collaborative endeavor with Kyoto University and the University of Naples Federico II, working on the theme of sustainable development of alternative agri-food networks.