Italian Studies Program

Graduate Students

A Note from the Director of Graduate Studies in Italian

Welcome to the Indiana University graduate program in Italian Studies. We are a distinguished faculty comprised of six professors with research interests ranging from Dante to Fellini, and from illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels. For a quick glance at what we have to offer click here.

We regularly offer courses in medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern and contemporary literature and culture, and Italian pedagogy. Recent seminar topics have included the making of Petrarch's Canzoniere, the Italian Pastoral, Il tema della frontiera, cinematic perspectives on the Mafia, 17th- and 18th-century theatre, and Italian mystery fiction.

Several archival resources on Italian Studies are available at the Lilly Library here at Indiana University-Bloomington, including Medieval and early modern manuscripts and books, as well as extensive works by and related to Italian filmmakers Federico Fellini and Giuseppe De Santis and the director and screenwriter Carlo Lizzani.

Faculty and graduate students interact in a variety of ways, from the classroom to informal mentoring, to meetings of the Circolo Italiano. Our students learn how to develop research techniques in all fields of Italian studies, give well-structured presentations, write professional research papers, and share their critical accomplishments in the classroom. Most of our graduate students are employed as Associate Instructors in Italian language courses, where they gain valuable teaching experience and funding to support their studies. They receive excellent training before assuming their teaching responsibilities and continued supervision throughout the academic year. Our best advanced AIs also receive the opportunity to earn experience in course coordination, professional editing, and co-teaching in literature and culture courses. Summer teaching is also available, both through our program in Florence and on the Bloomington campus.

Graduates of our program are well-rounded scholars whose research and teaching experience have served them well. Recent Ph.D. graduates of our program have obtained academic posts at superb universities and colleges such as Notre Dame, Ohio University, Fordham, Gettysburg College, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Gonzaga, Tulane, University of Connecticut, University of Washington, SUNY-Buffalo, Pennsylvania State University, and College of the Holy Cross.

Please take some time to look through our website and send us any inquiries you might have. Check out our program guide for detailed information here.


Professor Marco Arnaudo
Director of Graduate Studies in Italian

Graduate Student Profile

Areas of Study

  • Medieval Italian literature
  • Renaissance literature and culture
  • Baroque and Enlightenment
  • Romanticism
  • 19th century and the Risorgimento
  • 20th century literature and its socio-political context
  • Contemporary literature and culture
  • Italian cinema
  • Italian pedagogy

Related Programs

The Italian Studies Program

Our graduate program is led by faculty committed to both serious humanistic research and innovative classroom teaching. Since it was first established in 1961, our doctoral program has become a focal point for Italian studies in North America and has provided advanced training for many students who are now leaders in their fields. To date our graduates have had highly successful career placements in colleges, universities, cultural foundations, and businesses despite declining economic conditions in higher education.

Strong allied programs in European studies, comparative literature, art history, film studies, medieval studies, and gender studies, among others, provide unequaled opportunities for the inquisitive mind, as does The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Our faculty offer a broad range of expertise, with research ranging from an exploration of the superhero genre to a digital edition of Petrarch’s Canzoniere.

We offer financial aid in the form of fellowships and Associate Instructor positions, generally in five-year packages for students who successfully complete the MA degree and continue on to the PhD. IU-Bloomington is a great place to study, with a beautiful campus and vibrant scholarly environment. The Department of French and Italian has partnerships with the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the Medieval Studies Institute, the Renaissance Studies Program, film studies, and other programs to offer students interdisciplinary experiences. Upon completion of the PhD, our graduate students typically obtain excellent placements at universities and colleges worldwide.

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