Italian Graduate Students


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Marta Cerreti

Marta Cerreti earned a laurea (2017) and a Master degree (2019) with honors, in Philosophy from Sapienza Università di Roma. In her first year of MA she won a scholarship to study Philosophy and Literature in Ireland, at University College Dublin. In her dissertation titled Feeling a Stranger at Home: An Itinerary Between Philosophy and Literature, Marta explored one of the most significant philosophical questions – the one about identity and recognition – starting by the perusal of literary texts, showing her attitude for comparative studies. In 2019 Marta received a scholarship awarded by the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples, where she had the opportunity to contribute to a collective work with a short essay on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and the cinema of attractions. At Hopkins, Cerreti investigates the link between narrativity and identity, with a focus on Contemporary women’s writing in Italy, thus connecting the interests expressed in her final dissertation in a new interdisciplinary trajectory rooted in her strong cultural and linguistic Italian experience. She aims at expanding her research by exploring the work of writers such as Ferrante, Ortese, Morante, Ginzburg, Ramondino, all authors who seem to reclaim the necessity to lose one’s margins (Ferrante’s “smarginatura” and Ortese’s “frantumazione”). In her research, Marta would like to bridge Italian Studies, with the Program in Philosophy, Cinema Studies and Gender Studies. In the past, Marta has worked for cultural magazines, writing articles in the literary section. She likewise has worked as operator in an anti-violence centre and this experience has given her the opportunity to expand her studies with activist initiatives.


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Giulia Cipriani

Giulia Maria Cipriani earned her B.A. (Laurea Triennale) and M.A. (Laurea Magistrale cum laude) at the Univeristà degli Studi “Roma Tre”. Her master dissertation focused on the rewriting of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and three extracts have been published in the academic journal Scaffale Aperto and miscellaneous volumes. At Hopkins, she is expanding her interests. Indeed, she is writing a dissertation on demons in the epic-chivalric poems of the Italian Sixteenth Century, focusing on their representation, their interaction with human characters, and their analogies and differences with the previous tradition (both pagan and Christian). She participated in many conferences and published several articles. The last is entitled “Dante, Durante e la parodia. Appunti su ‘La Divina Commedia quasi mille anni dopo’ di Feudalesimo&Libertà e Don Alemanno”.


Cristina D'Errico

Cristina D’Errico

Cristina D’Errico received her BA in Italian Literature from the University of Udine and her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Cultures and Traditions from the University of Ferrara. Her master thesis “I Manoscritti Datati della Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna” examines through paleographic and codicological analysis a selection of dated manuscripts preserved at the University Library of Bologna. She began her PhD at Johns Hopkins in Fall 2018. Her broader research interests include Paleography and Codicology, Philology, and History of Ideas. She is currently focusing on the heresies and religious movements of Italian Renaissance with a particular interest in the figure of Teofilo Folengo.


Alberto Fabris

Alberto Fabris

Alberto Fabris is a researcher in intellectual history and history of the political thought of early modern Europe. Former élève de l’École Normale Supérieure, he studied philosophy and political studies at the University of Padua, Paris Sorbonne and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales before joining the MLL department in 2017. In December 2018, he discussed the doctoral thesis “Itinéraires du désir dans la philosophie de Giordano Bruno”. Visiting researcher at the Université Libres de Bruxelles in 2020/21, he is ‘chercheur associé’ at the Institute for the History of Representations and Indeas in the Modernities (IHRIM, ENS-Lyon) and scientific associate at the ULB Centre de Recherches en Philosophie. He is currently working on Counter-Reformation Italian thought, exploring the intellectual figure of Francesco Ingoli.


Martina Franzini

Martina Franzini

Martina Franzini is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature and 20th century Italian novel. She is particularly interested in the reception of classical Greek and Latin tradition to understand how these fundamental models influence the successive literary production. Prior to Hopkins, she earned her Bachelor Degree in Lettere Moderne from the Università degli Studi di Milano in 2015 with a thesis focused on Dante’s adaptation of the Latin Pater Noster in the Divine Comedy. She consequently earned a Masters in Italian Studies from Boston College in 2021, with a thesis in which she discussed the relationship between the Latin poet Statius and the poetic and Christian value of Dante’s poem.


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Catherine Freddo


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Alessio Panichi

Alessio Panichi graduated in philosophy from the University of Pisa in October 2005 with a thesis on Giordano Bruno’s philosophy. In July 2009, he obtained his PhD from the National Institute for Renaissance Studies (Florence) by defending a thesis on Giordano Bruno’s polemic against the myth of the Golden Age. Over the last eight years, Panichi was postdoctoral fellow of both the Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa and some German institutions, e.g. Herzog August Bibliothek, Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, and the Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt. His research activity has been focusing so far on the history of political thought, particularly on the interplay between religion, politics, and philosophy in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture, as well as on the political ideas in twentieth-century Italy. During his research periods in Italy and Germany, Panichi worked on different features of such topics and wrote several articles on Tommaso Campanella, Kaspar Schoppe, Norberto Bobbio, and Luigi Firpo. He is also the author of a book concerning Campanella’s political thinking (Il volto fragile del potere. Religione e politica nel pensiero di Tommaso Campanella, Pisa, ETS, 2015).


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Silvia Raimondi

Silvia Raimondi earned a Bachelor’s degree (2015) and a Master’s degree (2016) with honors, in Italian Language and Literature at the University of Roma Tre. An extract from her first thesis (“Il poeta di teatro di Filippo Pananti: notazioni lessicali”), which focuses on the history of the Italian language, has been published in the Italian journal «Scaffale aperto» by Carocci editore. She has taught Italian and history in a school in the city of Como, and she obtained the DITALS certification, to teach Italian Language as a Foreign Language, from the Università per Stranieri di Siena. At Hopkins, her current research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, and women’s and gender studies. She has done extensive research on postwar Italian literature dealing with the anti-fascist movement, with a focus on the work of the writer partisan Beppe Fenoglio. While expaning her research on Fenoglio and on the representation of the figure of the «non-combatant» in the anti-fascist resistance literature, she is also exploring the work of other writers such as Elsa Morante, Italo Calvino, Cesare Pavese, Elio Vittorini, Luigi Meneghello, and Renata Viganò. Moreover, she is interested in studying the ways the resistance has been represented in Italian cinema and continues to be revisited in recent documentary films directed by women directors, addressing women’s participation in History.


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Samuel Zawacki