Alyssa holds a B.A. from Duke University in History and Italian Studies. She is interested in medieval Italian literature, particularly Dante and Boccaccio, as well as feminist thought and women writers. Her dissertation, entitled "Boccaccio's Women Philosophers: Defining Philosophy, Debating Gender in the Decameron and Beyond" examines the relationship between women and philosophy in early Italian literature.
From 2013-2014, Alyssa served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in southern Italy. She has been a James B. Duke Fellow and a Dissertation Fellow with Duke's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In Spring 2019, she was a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Università di Bologna (Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Civiltà). Currently, she is the recipient of a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2019-2020.
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship awarded by Council for European Studies (2019 to 2020)
Dissertation Fellow awarded by Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University (2018 to 2019)
Research Grant awarded by Conversions Working Group (Humanities Writ Large) (2017)
James B. Duke Fellow awarded by Duke University (2014 to 2018)