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Mary Watt

Mary Watt

Associate Dean

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Acting Cognizant Associate Dean for

Brief Biography

Mary holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies and a J.D., both from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture, with a particular focus on Dante’s Divine Comedy as a reflection of medieval perceptions of the cosmos. Her work has been supported by the Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, the Municipality of Ravenna, Italy, and the University of Oslo’s Norwegian Institute in Rome. She is the author of over fifty journal articles, book chapters, reviews and translations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Division on Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature, Modern Language Association. Mary has been a member of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies Advisory Board and a Goggio Chair Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. She is the author of the Cross that Dante Bears: Pilgrimage, Crusade, and the Cruciform Church in the Divine Comedy (University Press of Florida, 2005) and Dante, Columbus and the Prophetic Tradition: Spiritual Imperialism in the Italian Imagination (forthcoming, Ashgate). Recently, Mary has been collaborating with colleagues in the College of Engineering and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere to integrate humanities content and medieval and renaissance studies into the engineering curriculum.

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