Romance Studies Alumni

Ph.D. in Italian (2016)

While at UNC, Tessa was advised by Professor Ennio Rao

Placement: 

High Point University

gurney.tessa@gmail.com


Education

  • Ph.D., Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
  • M.A., Italian Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2011
  • Certificate in Paleography and Codicology, The Medici Archive Project , Biblioteca Domenicana at Santa Maria Novella, 2013
  • B.A., Italian and International Studies (Double Major); Professional Writing (Minor); honors research distinction in Italian Literature, The Ohio State University, 2008

Bio

Tessa C. Gurney received her Ph.D. in Romance Studies at UNC, where she is completed a dissertation on the Mediterranean Other in late cinquecento and early seicento comedy. Her research interests include Mediterranean studies, early modern performance, translation theory, the history of medicine, gender studies, paleography, codicology, and sociolinguistics, among others.

Tessa was the 2014-2015 recipient of the Armida Marconi Falvo Award in Italian Studies. Furthermore, she received the 2014 Off-Campus Research Fellowship, the 2014 Summer Fellowship, and the 2015-2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, all from the Graduate School. In 2013, she was the Samuel H. Kress fellow at the Medici Archive Project, a digital humanities institute based in the Archivio di Stato di Firenze. Her research has also been generously supported by the program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UNC and the Center for Global Initiatives.

Tessa has taught beginner to advanced Italian language and culture courses at UNC and the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy. She organized the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures for two consecutive years (2013-2014; 2014-2015), as well as manifold sessions at annual meetings of the American Association for Italian Studies.

Publications

  • “Performing the Mediterranean in Giovan Battista Andreini’s Lo Schiavetto.” The Medici and the Levant: Interlacing Cultures from Florence to the Eastern Mediterranean (1532-1743). Eds. Marta Caroscio and Maurizio Arfaioli. Brepols: Turnhour, Belgium, 2015.
  • Book Review. Mary Ann Frese Witt. Metatheater and Modernity: Baroque and Neobaroque. Comparative Drama. Vol. 47:4. 2014