Rome Faculty


Maurizio Albahari is an associate professor of anthropology, fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and faculty affiliate at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame. Albahari received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Irvine and held research fellowships at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (University of California at San Diego) and at the Erasmus Institute (University of Notre Dame).

Albahari specializes in social-cultural anthropology and teaches on international migration, pluralism, and European societies. His first book is titled Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations and the World’s Deadliest Border, and he is the author of several publications on migration and religion in Italy and Europe. In Rome, Albahari will share his research on migration, citizenship, and diversity in Italy, with specific attention to the changing qualities and aesthetics of select spaces in the capital.  



Selena Anders is a practicing design professional, educator, and researcher, with a focus on the documentation and visualization of the evolution of the built environment. Anders teaches architectural design and advanced graphics in Rome and on campus at Notre Dame. Anders is the associate director of the DHARMA research team, specializing in 3D documentation of World Heritage Sites, including the Roman Forum.

Anders received her Master’s of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, a postgraduate certificate in sustainable urban design at Archeworks, and a Bachelor of Arts in art history and anthropology at DePaul University. Anders is now completing her Ph.D. on the historic urban environment of Rome and its role in planning for a sustainable 21st-century capital city at the University of Rome la Sapienza. Her Ph.D. proposes a master plan for the city of Rome that emphasizes the importance of maintaining the city’s historic urban environment while providing for greater ease of connectivity and mobility to and from the city center and its greater metropolitan area. Alongside her Ph.D. research, Anders’ current projects include the visual reconstruction of Napoleon’s vision for Rome as the second capital after Paris as well as the life’s works of the Italian architect Giuseppe Valadier.



Dennis Doordan is a design educator, historian, critic, museum consultant, and co-editor of Design Issues, a journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of design. Doordan has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Stanford University. In 1990 Doordan joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame and has a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Doordan has published books and articles on a wide variety of topics dealing with twentieth century architecture and design with a particular focus on Italian architecture and design. Doordan is the author of Building Modern Italy and Twentieth Century Architecture. He has twice received the John A. Kaneb Award for Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Notre Dame. In Rome, Doordan will share his extensive knowledge of the city’s rich urban and architectural history.