Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

The Department of Francophone, Italian and Germanic Studies (FIGS) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor a scholar of Medieval Italian Studies. In addition to expertise in canonical literary texts of the period (including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio), applicants will have a strong research profile and teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: material texts and paleography, Mediterranean studies, gender and sexuality studies, translation, multilingualism, reception of the Classical tradition.

The position entails teaching two courses per semester; one graduate and three undergraduate courses are taught in a typical year. The successful candidate will supervise doctoral research while collaborating with the interdisciplinary Program in Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies ( and the journal Bibliotheca Dantesca ( The successful candidate will join the vibrant intellectual community of the Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies department (


Start date: July 1, 2023.

The FIGS Department values a culturally diverse intellectual community and is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence. (For more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action ( and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).


A Ph.D. in Italian or related field is required by July 1, 2023.

 Application Instructions

Applicants should apply online at: and include a cover letter, c.v., three letters of recommendation, and two writing samples (an article or book chapter). The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 21, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

 Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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