Faculty Bio

Filippo Gianferrari

Visiting Instructor in Italian

Filippo Gianferrari graduated from the University of Bologna (BA and MA). He received his PhD from the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame, defending a dissertation on "Dante and Thirteenth-century Education: Reading the auctores minores." During his last year as PhD student at the University of Notre Dame, Filippo was granted a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies-Mellon Foundation.

His research has focused primarily on Dante and Medieval education and has been informed by a thorough interdisciplinary approach, intersecting the fields of Latin paleography, history of the book, and historiography. Filippo has published mostly on the topic of Dante's intellectual formation. His most recent essays on the subject are "The Importance of Being Cato (and Fighting or the Fatherland). Dante's Cato and the Disticha Catonis: A Study in Medieval Cultural Literacy;" "Pride and Tyranny: An Unnoted Parallel Between Purgatorio 12 and Policraticus 8.20-21;" "Cato the Patriot: Uses and Misuses of a Civic Icon Between Brunetto and Dante."

His current research aims at charting the intersections between medieval and Renaissance educations, particularly with regards to themes such as patriotism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. At Vassar, Filippo teaches Italian language (beginning and intermediate), and a class in English on Nation, Race and Breaking Free in Dante's Comedy.

More details on Filippo's works are available at vassar.academia.edu/filippogianferrari