Michael Edwards

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Ph.D. Candidate, Italian Studies
Lecturer, Penn State University
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I developed my passion for Italian language and culture as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received an MA in Italian from Middlebury College in 2008. Thanks to the interdisciplinary approach of the Italian Studies program at UPenn, I have developed a wide range of academic interests, which include 20th century Italian literature, Italian cinema, and Adaptation Studies. I am currently working on my dissertation project, which explores the relationship between Luigi Pirandello's writings on cinema and subsequent film adaptations of his literary and theatrical works. I am also interested in the effective use of technology in the classroom, and have worked closely with the directors of the language programs at UPenn in developing and teaching our department's first fully online Italian language courses.



Critical Writing Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2014-2015

“Excellence in Teaching Award” (Department of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013).

“Salvatori Award” Research Grant (Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2013).