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Michele Rossi

Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian

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Office Phone: (814) 863-9398


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), appeared in 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 Fall 2016 he taught a course on Dante’s Divine Comedy (Italian 415) and for Spring 2017 he designed and taught an advanced course in Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture (“The Skin I Live In: rappresentazioni del corpo nel Rinascimento italiano tra letteratura, arte e scienza). In Fall 2017 he will teach Italian 301 (“Pathways to Fluency”) and Italian 320 (“Introduction to Italian Culture: Food, Fashion, Family”).

In 2014 and 2015 Michele has been one of the organizers of the Penn State Study Abroad Program in Reggio Calabria, Italy.