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Maria Keyes

LLC Lecturer and UHS Liaison (Italian)


Degree/Institution: MA University at Albany
Office: HU 224



Academic Focus

Research: Italian and French language and literature; Italian culture and civilization; Italian cinema; the Italian-American experience; contemporary Italian society

Teaching: Italian Civilization from Etruscan to Rennaissance, Intermediate Conversation and Oral Grammar, Italian-American Experience, Intermediate Composition and Written Grammar


Maria Giuliana Keyes was born and raised in Rome, where she attended school and worked for a national oil company. She migrated to the U.S. more than 30 years ago and eventually settled in Albany in the 1970s where she attended the University at Albany. Keyes graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in French and Italian and her master's in French literature.

Keyes taught Italian and French at Guilderland High School in New York for three years, and for the last 27 years has taught in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She has been a Master Teacher at the Language Immersion Institute of New Paltz, NY, for 13 years. Keyes has lectured on both Rome and Sicily and has taught Italian at several area colleges and universities as well as the University of Urbino in Italy.