The UNH Tuscany Campus staff can draw on years of experience living and working in international settings. At the Tuscany Campus, staff members enjoy the opportunity to put that expertise to good use while introducing students to Italy and Italian culture. Their guidance helps students overcome any challenges they may encounter along the way, so that they can get the most out of their study abroad experience.
Dr. Kevin Murphy, Director
A native of Liverpool, Kevin Murphy has acted as UNH’s legal representative in Italy since 2011, and was Director of the University of New Haven's Tuscany Campus in Prato since its foundation in 2012. He brings over 15 years of experience in international education as an instructor and director. He has taught courses and seminars in Italian Art History at many North American programs in Italy (such as Syracuse, Florida State, Gonzaga, Kent State), and for many years was Director of the Art History department at the British Institute of Florence. Before taking up his position in Prato, Kevin was Academic Dean and Campus Director of the CEA Global Education Programs in Rome and Florence; his collaboration with UNH began at CEA as UNH is the University of Record for all of CEA’s study abroad programs worldwide.
Kevin is active in the field of international education, and has presented sessions and workshops at conferences in Europe and the US, focused particularly on aspects of intercultural competence, experiential learning and the relationship between international study and careers. He is a member of the National Society for Experiential Education, from which he received his Experiential Education Academy Certificate of Completion in 2012. He is currently Chair of SAFSA (Study Abroad and Foreign Students Advisers), a professional section of the EAIE (European Association for International Education).
In 1997 he earned his PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, UK, and has published on Italian Renaissance art and patronage. Kevin also teaches the course ‘Art & Science in Renaissance Italy’ at the Tuscany Campus.
Lara Pugi, Program Coordinator
Lara worked for many years for Italian and international firms before becoming the Prato Program Coordinator in 2012. A native of Florence, she graduated from the University of Florence with a degree in Media and Journalism.
Lara acts as a fantastic local resource for the students, and aims to help them answer any questions they have while in Tuscany.
At the UNH Tuscany Campus, Italian language courses are taught by local professors who are native speakers of Italian. Our Prato Faculty often extend their lessons beyond the classroom, leading extracurricular activities and starting new projects to help integrate the students into the local community. The Tuscany Campus is very proud of the contributions these exceptional professors have made to our program.
The UNH Tuscany Campus is honored to host visiting professors from the New Haven campus each semester.
David A. Schroeder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences (Criminal Justice).
Vesna Markovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science (Criminal Justice, National Security Program).