Laura Lazzari

Laura Lazzari is Assistant Professor in Italian Studies at Franklin University Switzerland and Coordinator at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She is currently on research leave in order to work as an Affiliate Researcher at the Department of Italian at Georgetown University and teaches Italian Literature at George Washington University. She studied Italian, French and History of Art at the University of Lausanne, where she obtained an MA in 2001. She also hold a Diploma of Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the same university (2000). In 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from Lausanne University, in order to spend a year at the University of Oxford, where she obtained a Master of Studies in Women’s Studies. In June 2009 she completed a PhD in Italian literature (Lausanne University), and an MA in Teaching (SUPSI, DFA). Prior to joining Franklin University she worked as a graduate assistant in Italian literature at the University of Lausanne, and as a Lecturer at the University of Fribourg. In the last years she has published several articles on a wide range of subjects and has given papers in graduate schools and international conferences in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her interests in research revolve around autobiographies in the Renaissance period, women’s writings in the Italian-speaking world, postcolonial and migrant literature, the topic of motherhood in Italian women's writing, translation, pedagogy and language acquisition. She is a member of various associations, including the Collegium Romanicum, the Swiss Association of Romance languages. For more information, see: