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Laura Lazzari

Visiting Research Scholar, Italian
Dr. Lazzari holds dual citizenship – Swiss and Italian – and is a native of the Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino, Switzerland southernmost region. She obtained a Master of Arts from the University of Lausanne, where she studied Italian, French and History of Art. She also holds a Diploma of Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the same university. In 2005 she was awarded a scholarship to spend a year at the University of Oxford, where she obtained an interdisciplinary Master of Studies in Women’s Studies. In June 2009 she completed a PhD in Italian literature (Lausanne University), and an MA in Teaching (SUPSI, DFA). Prior to joining the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America as a Visiting Scholar, she had conducted research at Georgetown University where she was the recipient of an AAUW International Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Laura Lazzari has taught Italian literature, language and film classes at George Washington University in Washington DC, and at the universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Franklin in Switzerland. She served as a Coordinator at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Franklin University Switzerland, where she carried out many different initiatives to enhance the Modern Languages curricula.

Research and Publications
Her book on Lucrezia Marinella’s Enrico; or Byzantium Conquered appeared in 2010 by Insula. Her co-edited volumes on Swiss-Italian Literature (Cesati: Firenze) and Motherhood in Italian Literature and Culture (intervalla, Special Volume 1) were published in 2015 and 2016 respectivelyShe has written articles on a wide range of subjects and has given papers in international conferences in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States. Her interests in research revolve around autobiographies in the Renaissance period, women’s writings in the Italian-speaking world, migrant literature, motherhood studies, and language acquisition. Detailed information on her working experience and a complete list of publications are available on her website: