Paolo Frascà

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream; Coordinator of Language Courses
Carr Hall, Room 213, 100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1J4


Areas of Interest

  • Italian Language Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Italian-Canadian Studies
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies


Paolo Frascà's work focuses on three main areas: pedagogy, particularly the teaching of Italian language and culture through a sociocultural approach and through collaborative, experiential methodologies; migration studies, with a focus on the Italian-Canadian community and its histories, languages, practices, and cultural production; sexuality and gender studies, specifically Queer theories and the Italian gay liberation movement of the 1970s. He has published research and has given talks on many of these topics. Paolo Frascà has previously taught at the University of Toronto Mississauga and at Brock University. He is passionate about minority languages and has worked as a Project Assistant for the Endangered Language Alliance of Toronto. He is constantly thinking about ways of integrating conversations around social justice, equity, and decolonization into his courses. Paolo Frascà is also a Steering Committee Member of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity StudiesPronouns: he/they; lui 

Service: Course Coordinator (ITA250 and ITA350)

Current Projects: 1) Queer Italian-Canadians (collaborator: Dr. Licia Canton), Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies 

2)  Indigenous-Italian-Canadian Connections (collaborators: Dr. Angela Nardozi and Pamela Arancibia), Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies


PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
Hon. BA, University of Toronto

Administrative Service

Coordinator of Language Courses, 2021-present