Alexis Seccombe Giachetti

Office:   Dey 338


Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

M.A. in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

B.A. in History, University of the South, Sewanee, TN


Alexis Giachetti joined the University of North Carolina's Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature after working at Sundance Institute in Los Angeles and receiving her M.A. in Education from University of Californa, Santa Cruz. Her research, which draws upon philosophy, literature, and cinema studies, is on belief systems about romantic love in Europe in the twentieth century. Her dissertation, "Mid-Twentieth Century Meditations on Love," focuses on contributions from Italy, France, and Spain from the 1930s to the 1960s, with particular attention paid to the contributions of José Ortega y Gasset, Roberto Rossellini, Ermanno Olmi, Agnès Varda and Natalia Ginzburg. Excerpts from the dissertation are published in the journals Forum Italicum and Studies in European Cinema. 


Teaching Awards

Alexis is the recipient of the Paul E. Wilkinson Memorial Award in Excellence in Teaching a Foreign Language. As a Teaching Fellow at UNC, she has taught Italian, French, Spanish, cinema, and comparative literature courses. In 2008-2009, she was a Teaching Exchange Fellow at the Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, where she taught Italian to study abroad students.