Mirta Pagnucci, Assistant Professor of Italian and French
Mirta Pagnucci has been an Assistant Professor of Italian and French at College of DuPage since 2011, and an adjunct instructor in Italian at COD since 2009. She was born in Tuscany, Italy, close to Siena, and has an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in Italian with a minor in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and was a Fulbright Exchange teacher to Argentina in 2008 where she taught English at the Universidad de Cuyo. She has directed numerous study abroad programs to both Italy and France. Before coming to COD she taught in the Foreign Language Department at Northern Illinois University. In addition to her academic interests, Professor Pagnucci enjoys reading historical fiction, learning languages, travel, music and art. 

Co Director

Zhi Y. Liu, Instructor of French and Chinese
born in Shanghai, China. Liu holds a B.A. with a major in French, minor in Chinese from the Shanghai Language Institute (a renowned foreign language university in China) an M.A. in French Linguistics from The Ohio State University, and completed all course work toward a Ph.D in French Literature from the University of Maryland. She has twice been awarded the COD outstanding adjunct faculty award. Prior to COD, she taught at Bradley University and both Elgin and Waubonsee Community College. Liu has traveled throughout Europe many times and particularly enjoys spending time in France. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys reading, learning languages, tennis, music and dancing.


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356