Awards, Fellowships, and Honors

“Whose Kafka? Reception, Multiplicity, and Interpretation” (co-directed) chosen as a PAL (Center for Philosophy, Art, and Literature)/FHI (Franklin Humanities Institute) Faculty Seminar, supported by Mellon Foundation Grant, Duke University, 2014-2015.

Dean’s Commendation on Teaching Excellence (top 5% of evaluations small courses), Duke University, Fall 2013.

Emerging Humanities Networks Grant for “Staging Cultural Networks in the Language Classroom,” Co-convener (involved in the planning process), Duke University, 2013—14.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California at Berkeley, Chosen from 830 applicants, 2010—12.

Townsend Center Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 2010—11.

Harry C. Rutledge Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the Southern Comparative Literature Associations’s 2007 Conference, 2008.

Columbia University, Dissertation:

  • Lane Cooper Fellowship for dissertation completion, 2008—09.
  • Austin Oldrini Traveling Fellowship for research in Italy, 2007—08.


  • Summer Teaching Scholar: Course Design Competition, Columbia                    University, 2008.
  • Finalist, Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, Columbia University, 2007.
  • Funded Participant, “Corso Base, Elementare, and Specialistico,” Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy, Summer 2006.
  • Funded Participant, “Teaching Great Books: Philosophy and Practice,” Columbia University, Summer 2005.
  • Teaching with Technology Fellowship, Columbia University, 2005—06.

Columbia University, Pre-Dissertation Graduate Work:

  • Frederick Bertuch Fellowship, 2004—05.
  • Summer Study Grant for French at Reid Hall, Paris, 2004.
  • Summer Study Grant for Latin and French, 2003.
  • Margaret Pickel Fellowship, 2003—04. 
  • Faculty Fellowship, 2002—03.

Fulbright Fellow Grant, Austria, (Researched Austrian depictions of Italians and Italy, attended classes at the University of Vienna), 2001—02.

Gamma Kappa Alpha for High Academic Merit and Distinction in the Study of Italian, 2001.

Princeton University:

  • Gruppo Esponenti Senior Thesis Award in Italian for “Becoming Authors in Twentieth Century Turin: The Autobiographical Writing of Primo Levi and Natalia Ginzburg,” Princeton University, 2001.
  • Gordon Schwartz Grant for thesis research in Turin, Italy, 2000.
  • Grant for study at the Goethe-Institut in Munich, Germany, Summer 1999.

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