Marco Piana

Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian Studies

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Contact & Office Hours

Hatfield Hall 314


Marco Piana is a lecturer in Italian at Smith College. His field of research focuses on the literary representation of otherness, antiquity and religious identity in medieval and early modern Italy, with particular regard to Savonarola, Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola and Renaissance Neoplatonism. He holds a doctorate in Italian studies with a focus on medieval and Renaissance literature from McGill University in Montreal, where he actively collaborated on academic projects such as Early Modern Conversions and Querelle. He is a former postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, where he collaborated with the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium and the Society for Confraternity Studies.

Piana is currently editing special issues for the academic journals Renaissance and Reformation and Confraternitas, and the volumes Early Modern Cultures of Hospitality and Women and Ideal in the Italian Renaissance, expected in 2020. He is also the project manager and co-founder of the Scuola Internazionale di Teatro Italiano Giovanni Grasso, a summer school in Italian language and performance located in Montreal.