Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Mary Watt earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Department of Italian Studies in 1998. After two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo, Dr. Watt came to the University of Florida in 2000 as an Assistant Professor. Since then Dr. Watt has developed a program in Italian Studies whose graduates regularly pursue M.A.'s and Ph.D.'s at top tier Universities.
In 2004 she co-founded the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Watt has directed and taught in Overseas Studies programs in both Italy and Germany. She is the author of The Cross that Dante Bears which was published in 2005 as well as numerous articles on Dante and other medieval topics. In January 2010 she was appointed Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
She is currently completing her next book, Prophecies of Paradise, which looks at the influence of Italian medieval literature on Columbus' perception of his role in the Age of Discovery.