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Faculty Directory » Rala Diakite


Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018
Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Fine Arts 255A
Phone: 978-665-4706

Courses Taught:

Italian for Beginners I & II (ITAL 1000, ITAL 1100)
Intermediate Italian I & II (ITAL 2000, ITAL 2100)
Italian Culture in English I & II (ITAL 3000, ITAL 3100)
French for Beginners II (FREN 1100)


Ph.D. Italian Studies at Brown University, Providence, RI
M.A Italian Studies at Brown University, Providence, RI
B.A Modern Languages at Trinity College, Hartford CT

Research Interests:

I study the medieval period in Italy, the poetry of Dante, early comic verse, and the Italian chronicle tradition of the 14th century. I am fascinated by the opportunities offered by the conjunction of our modern digital culture with these medieval texts.

Current Projects:

I am currently a Researcher for the Virtual Humanities Lab,, a digital archive of early Renaissance and Renaissance Italian texts. Over the past two years, I have worked to encode (make searchable) a segment of a 14th century Florentine chronicle by Giovanni Villani, and am now focused on the translation into English and annotation of that same text. I am also preparing articles related to the role of women in Villani's chronicle.

Representative Publications:

Under construction

Professional Affiliations:

  • Modern Language Association
  • Dante Society of America
  • American Association of Teachers of Italian