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Melissa Demos


Melissa Demos
Melissa Demos

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian

Christian A. Johnson 407
315-859-4836

Melissa Demos' areas of interest include early modern art, Renaissance civilization and culture, Dante studies, and Italian women writers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the California State University, Chico, and subsequently moved to Italy to study early modern history and art history at the University of Florence.

After more than 12 years abroad, she returned to the U.S. and earned her master’s in Italian language and literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Demos is currently finishing her doctorate in Italian studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her thesis, “Time and the Experience of Narrative in Italian Renaissance Art,” explores various expressions of temporal duration and polynarrativity in 15th- and 16th-century painting and sculpture. She has taught Italian language and culture at the University of  Pittsburgh and the University of Texas.

Distinctions

  • Nominated For the University Of Texas Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award, 2014-15
  • Dina Sherzer Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2014
  • Nominated For the University Of Texas Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award, 2013-14
  • UT Austin, Continuing Fellowship, 2012-13
  • UT Austin, Department Of French and Italian - Innovative Contributions Award, 2012
  • Daniela Bini Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2011
  • University Of Texas, Austin - Department Of French and Italian - Conference Grant, 2011
  • University Of Texas, Austin - Department Of French and Italian Teaching Award, 2010
  • Rotary International Foundation Scholar - Ambassador of Goodwill Scholarship to study abroad for one academic year, 1991

Professional Affiliations

French and Italian Graduate Student Organization, University of Texas at Austin
American Association for Italian Studies
American Association of Teachers of Italian
Modem Language Association

Appointed to the Faculty: 2015

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., California State University, Chico

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