Postdoctoral Associate, Romance Studies
Alyssa is a Postdoctoral Associate, teaching courses on medieval Italian literature and gender studies. Her research interests include Dante, Boccaccio, feminist thought, and women writers. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, "Boccaccio's Women Philosophers: Defining Philosophy, Debating Gender in the Decameron and Beyond," which examined the relationship between women and philosophy in early Italian literature.
Alyssa has received grants from the Mellon foundation as well as from the Graduate School and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke. She also served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in southern Italy and was a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Università di Bologna (Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Civiltà) in 2018.
"Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron and Life Beyond the Plague," in EuropeNow, July 2020.
Review: Anna Maria Ortese, Neapolitan Chronicles, and Donatella Di Pietrantonio, A Girl Returned. Public Books, October 2019.
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