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Michele Rossi earned a Dottorato di ricerca in Italianistica e Filologia classico-medievale from Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice (2007) and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Pennsylvania (2012).


Michele’s research interests include medieval and Renaissance Italian literature and culture, with a special focus on Petrarch and humanist pedagogy, and interdisciplinary relations between literature, cinema, music, dance, and art. Michele has published articles and reviews in journals such as Studi petrarcheschi, Lettere italiane, and Modern Language Review. His book, titled Pedagogia e corte nel Rinascimento italiano ed europeo (Pedagogy and Courtly Life in the Italian and European Renaissance), will appear in Spring 2016 for the Italian publisher Marsilio.


Michele has experience in teaching Italian language, from elementary to advanced level, as well as Italian literature and culture. He has also served as teaching assistant for courses such as “Food and Culture of Italy”, “World Film History”, and “Television Studies”. In Spring 2015 he taught Italian 003 – Honors Intermediate Italian; he also designed and taught an advanced Italian course in Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture (“All in the Family: educazione, famiglia e politica nel Rinascimento italiano”). For the academic year 2016-2017, he will teach Italian 415 (Dante’s Divine Comedy, in Italian) and Italian 422 (Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture, topic to be decided).

For the last two years Michele has been one of the organizers of the Penn State Study Abroad Program in Reggio Calabria, Italy.