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Mary Sisler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian

Christian A. Johnson 408B

Mary Sisler weaves an interdisciplinary approach into her teaching and research. Her academic interests include the artist-writers of the Cinquecento, the role of oral traditions and storytelling in early modern Italy and in the contemporary language classroom, and the use of popular songs and opera to teach Italian. Sisler has taught Italian at the graduate and undergraduate levels at various northeastern colleges and universities, most recently at Bryn Mawr College. She received her doctorate in Italian literature from Rutgers University with a dissertation on the Vita of Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th-century sculptor, goldsmith and writer. Her bachelor’s degree is from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Recent Courses Taught

Intro to Italian Literature and Culture I
Intro to Italian Literature and Culture II
Fourth Term Italian
Third Term Italian
Second Term Italian
First Term Italian


Selected Publications

  • Sisler, Mary. “On the nature of Leonardo’s Things: Lightning and ‘the sea monster.’” Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science NEH Summer Institute Essays. Ed. Francesca Fiorani. University of Virginia (2014).
  • Sisler, Mary, trans., “Migrants, Subalterns, ‘Theorized-’ and ‘No cost-’ ‘Others’: On the Role and the Abuse of the Representation of Migrants in the Current Study of South Asian Religious Cultures,” by Federico Squarcini. The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives. Eds. A. Tamburri and G. Parati. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011 233-258.
  • Sisler, Mary, trans., “The geographical approach to the study of immigration in Italy: space, territory, ethnic landscapes,” by Davide Papotti. The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives. Eds. A. Tamburri and G. Parati. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011. 197-216.

College Service

Advisor to Gli Hamiltoniani, Italian Club, 2010-14
Italian tables, 2010-14
HOPE Project (Hamilton Oneida Prison Education)

Professional Affiliations

ACTFL, AAIS, AATI, MLA, NEMLA, RSA, Dante Society of America and Arba Sicula

Appointed to the Faculty: 2011

Educational Background

Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Rutgers University
B.A., City University of New York

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