Emilia Palladino

PalladinoBorn in Barga, a small part of the province of Lucca in Toscana (Italy), she studied in Rome, where she lived from the first year of her life. She attended a scientific high school and then enrolled in a degree course in physics with specialization in cosmology, graduating in 1997. After a few years of experience in other places, she began to work specifically in the field of scientific research, first at the Osservatorio Astronomico in Rome, then at the Università La Sapienza in the Experimental Cosmology laboratory. In those years she participated in some Congresses and published about ten scientific articles.
After 5 years of research in the field of cosmology, she decided to resume studying and graduated with a Licentiate in Social Sciences, specializing in the social doctrine of the Church in 2006, and in 2012 she received a Doctorate; both titles were obtained at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Gregorian University.

Dr. Palladino, what are the key themes of your professional interests?
My research field is in ethics, with some of its specific forms. The first concerns discernment and individual choice: how one chooses and why, the influence of social, cultural and psychological conditioning; the role of adherence to faith in the processes of choice; a branch that I follow with interest is the quality of pastoral work in the Church, in light of the Church’s methods in social doctrine. The second area of interest concerns the female condition and the issue of gender roles in some fields, such as work / family reconciliation and the impact of women’s emancipation on cultural and social life in general and within the family. Furthermore, I consider the dynamics of couples in affective and matrimonial relations.

Why these themes?
I have been involved with youth ministry for many years and because of this I have deepened some issues related to the autonomous and conscious exercise of freedom and responsibility. The other aspects are also very related to my personal life, as a woman, a wife, a mother and a worker.

Are these also the subjects you teach?
In part, yes. Above all, the courses I teach at the Second Cycle are focused on the research topics that interest me most. In general, teaching allows me to get to know and dialogue with my students and I learn from them, as I have the privilege of having students from very different cultures; moreover, these topics that I am more passionate about teaching are also those that help me to reflect more consciously on my lifestyle.

When did you begin working at the Gregorian?
I started working at 27, newly graduated, firstly for a small engineering company, then as a teacher of mathematics and physics in a high school in my city, returning for two years to complete scientific research in cosmology, where I have been contracted to research for five years. But then I decided to resume studying and at the beginning of the 2000 I enrolled in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Gregorian University where I obtained the Baccalaureate, Licentiate and Doctorate in the social doctrine of the Church. Overall, I have been in the Faculty for 15 years and I have been teaching since 2007.

Who is the most influential person in your professional life?
I have more than one; it’s difficult to choose. But in terms of my itinerary, leading me to this profession, without doubt I must mention my teachers starting from the elementary school, then my professor of literature at my scientific high school and finally the professor of political philosophy that I knew while I was working towards the Baccalaureate at the Gregorian.