Megan Fenrich

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2016
Dey Hall 319


B.A., Italian and Religious Studies, Gettysburg College, 2016

M.A., Italian Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill, 2018

About Megan

Megan is from Blacksburg, Virginia and is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Romance Studies. She began to study Italian at Gettysburg College, and her year abroad in Ferrara, Italy bolstered her passion for Italian culture and literature. After receiving her M.A. in 2018, Megan spent a year in Parabiago, Italy (Milan) teaching English at an Italian technical high school. She received a Debbie Schenker Archival Fellowship in Summer 2019 and Summer 2020 to transcribe and research uncatalogued Italian manuscripts at Wilson Library, UNC’s archival library. She received the Kyser Graduate Summer Award for Summer Research in Summer 2021 to research and write an article about subterranean landscapes in Orlando furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto.

Her current research interests include the scuola siciliana, Dante, medieval natural history, pre-modern geology and mineralogy, ecocriticisim, and manuscript culture.

Typical Courses Taught

ITAL 101: Elementary Italian I
ITAL 102: Elementary Italian II
ITAL 203: Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 335: Themes in Italian Films
GRC for ITAL 370: Italian Masterpieces I: Poetry, Parchment, Polis (Fall 2019)