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About the Department of Italian

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL)

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics is the home of language and linguistics teaching and research at the University of Cambridge. With more than 770 undergraduate students, approximately 100 MPhil students and 190 PhD students we are one of the largest humanities Faculties in the University and one of the largest languages Faculties nationally. Numbers of staff and students are approximate as numbers fluctuate.

The Faculty comprises of six sections, which cover a range of languages and subject areas, and is also home to the Centre for Film and Screen Studies.The Faculty regularly tops a number of university and research rankings, and is home to a number of groundbreaking projects and initiatives.


The Italian section maintains a strong research tradition across a wide range of specialisms. The seven permanent, research-active academics are actively engaged in research in Dante, medieval literature and culture, Renaissance and modern literature, culture and intellectual history, cinema, linguistics and dialectology. The Section regularly hosts postdoctoral researchers and a lively community of postgraduate research students.  It convenes the Italian research seminar, hosts conferences and co-sponsors the Cambridge Italian Research Network, bringing together researchers working on Italy across all humanities and social science disciplines. The Section benefits from outstanding research facilities and the dynamic, interdisciplinary research culture within the University of Cambridge.

1 course offered in the Department of Italian

The Italian Section in Cambridge has seven full-time faculty members available to supervise doctoral research. Their research interests span a broad range of topics in the languages, literatures, visual cultures and history of the Italian peninsula, from the medieval period to the present day.

Details of individual specialisms can be found on the section’s webpages. We have a lively group of doctoral students in the section at any one time working across periods and topics, supported by careful one-on-one supervision and mentoring, in the context of a rich research culture of seminars, symposia, conferences, lectures, and postgraduate training. Visiting scholars and students from other institutions regularly contribute to the section’s research culture. Students are also free to undertake comparative work across languages and national boundaries, supported by the wide range of expertise within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Cambridge as a whole.

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Department Members

Prof Heather Webb
Head of Section

Prof Adam Ledgeway
Postgraduate Teaching and Examining Officer (PTEO)

  • 7 Academic Staff
  • 20 Graduate Students
  • 77 Undergraduates

Research Areas