Vitiello teaches 20th Century French literature, Haitian and African literature and culture, French, African and Caribbean Cinema, contemporary French culture, women writing in French, as well as French language at all levels. Her specialization is in representations of relationships (love, motherhood, friendship and transmission of knowledge) in contemporary literature. She co-edited a book on women writers from the French-speaking Caribbean in 1997 and has published on Haitian literature, postcolonial theory, representations of friendship in anthropology and literature, and women writers from Canada, Haiti, France and Belgium. Beside completing a manuscript on representations of friendship in anthropology, philosophy and literature, she is working on cinematic representations of diverse communities in French cities, and on representations of systemic violence (especially in Haiti and Rwanda). In 2004–05, she taught Western and Equatorial African Cinema and a course on Haiti. EDUCATION: D.E.U.G., Universite Paris XIII, 1979; Licence es Lettres Modernes, Universite Paris XIII, 1978; First Certificate of Master’s Degree, Universite Paris XIII, 1979; M.A., Stanford University, 1988; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1990. Vitiello has been teaching at Macalester since 1990.
The Human Comedy in Paulette Poujol-Oriol's Novels and Short Stories, The Journal of Haitian Studies (2011)
Séismes Nord/Sud: Comment repenser la Françafrique à travers les oeuvres de Léonora Miano et Aminata Traoré, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (2010)
Itinéraires Spatio-temporels: exil, nomadisme, diaspora chez Nancy Huston, Régine Robin et Emile Ollivier, Présence Francophone (2002)
Au-delà de l'île: Haïti dans l'Ooeuvre d’'Emile Ollivier, Etudes Littéraires (2002)
Women In French at the Threshold of the XXIst Century: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Women In French Special Issue (2003)
Contributions to Books
Port-au-Prince: images littéraires des quartiers-bidonvilles et de leurs habitants, ." Ponti/Ponts: Langues, Littératures. Civilisations des Pays Francophones (2011)