The Department of French and Italian

The Graduate Program in Italian Studies

The Program

The Italian Studies Graduate Program at the University of Texas at Austin is a broad-based, interdisciplinary program designed to offer students maximum flexibility in course selection, research, pedagogical training, and scholarly concentration. Housed in the Department of French and Italian but integrally drawing on faculty with specializations in Italian Studies from across the university, the program leads to both the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with the M.A. conceived as a step toward the Ph.D. rather than as a terminal professional degree.

Core courses in Italian literature, film, history, art, political theory, anthropology, and culture are taught by Italian professors in the Department of French and Italian and those based in such kindred disciplines as Anthropology, Archeology, Architecture, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Ethnomusicology, Film Studies, Government, History, Linguistics, and Religious Studies. Students in the program therefore benefit from ample training in specialized Italian courses as well as from the intellectually stimulating and integrated experience of being in the classroom with graduate students from other departments. In addition to gaining extensive experience in language teaching, they have opportunities to teach content-rich discussion classes and to use and contribute to innovative works of digital scholarship and pedagogy.

For today's competitive job market, in which interdisciplinary, pedagogical, and digital skills are at a professional premium, graduates of the program will be exceptionally well prepared: they will be fully trained in the various methods of advanced scholarly research grounded in interconnected disciplines and appropriately equipped to succeed in general and specialized college/university teaching as well as in related career tracks.


Admission to the doctoral program is based on the candidate’s potential for original, independent, interdisciplinary work in Italian Studies. An applicant’s college record should include substantial advanced coursework in Italian. Students already holding an M.A. are welcome to apply. 


The Italian graduate program offers packages of financial support in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Assistant Instructorships (AIs), while departmental and university-wide recruitment, research, and dissertation fellowships are also available. Additionally, the Italian faculty, who have collectively won virtually all the major grants in the field (NEH, ACLS, Rome Prize, Villa I Tatti, Delmas, and Guggenheim, among others), actively mentor our graduate students in applying for external fellowships: we envision grant-writing as a key, ongoing feature of professional training and support.


The General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin, among the top ten research libraries in the U.S. and Canada, is extremely well furnished with primary and secondary source materials in all areas dedicated to Italy. Manuscripts, maps, prints, drawings, paintings, and rare books on Italian subjects from the holdings of the renowned Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Art also provide unprecedented research opportunities for our graduate students. 


Core Faculty Associated with Italian Studies

  • Daniela Bini (University of Texas at Austin), French and Italian 
  • Douglas Biow (Johns Hopkins University), French and Italian, with a courtesy appointment in History
  • Paola Bonifazio (New York University), French and Italian
  • Alison K. Frazier (Columbia University), History, with a courtesy appointment in French and Italian
  • Guy P. Raffa (Indiana University), French and Italian
  • Wayne A. Rebhorn (Yale University), English, with a courtesy appointment in French and Italian
  • Maurizio Viroli (European University Institute), Government, with a courtesy appointment in French and Italian
  • Louis A. Waldman (The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), Art History, with a courtesy appointment in French and Italian

Affiliated Faculty

  • Miroslava M. Beneš (Yale University), Architecture
  • Joseph Coleman Carter (Princeton University), Classics
  • John R. Clarke (Yale University) Art History
  • Penelope J. Davies (Yale University), Art History
  • Andrew Dell'Antonio (University of California at Berkeley), Music
  • Robert A. DeSimone (University of Washington), Music
  • Luisa Nardini (Universitá degli Studi "La Sapienza"), Music
  • Circe Sturm (University of California at Davis), Anthropology
  • Rabun M. Taylor (University of Minnesota), Classics
  • Hannah Wojciehowski (Yale University), English

Download the Graduate Program Brochure for Italian Studies (PDF)


Graduate Coordinator
Jessica Luhn

Graduate Advisor, Italian Studies
Daniela Bini, PhD

  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800