Alyssa is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Studies (Italian) at Duke University. She is interested in medieval Italian literature, particularly Dante and Boccaccio, as well as manuscript studies. Her research also explores feminist thought and women writers. Her dissertation, "Boccaccio's Women Philosophers: Defining Philosophy, Debating Gender in the Decameron and Beyond" examines the relationship between women and philosophy in the literature of fourteenth-century Italy.
From 2013-2014, Alyssa served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in southern Italy. She was a James B. Duke Fellow from 2014-2018, and a Dissertation Fellow with Duke's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies from 2018-2019. Her doctoral studies also include graduate certificates in College Teaching and Feminist Theory. She served as an intern at the Modern Languages Association Office of Programs in New York thanks to a Versatile Humanists @ Duke grant. She will complete her dissertation in Spring 2020 thanks to a Mellon/Council for European Studies Dissertation Fellowship.