JoAnn DellaNeva

Academic Director, London Global Gateway

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JoAnn DellaNeva was appointed academic director of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway in July 2017. In 2010, she was appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Letters. She specializes in Renaissance Literature, with a particular interest in Renaissance love poetry, Franco-Italian literary relations in the Renaissance, women writers of the Renaissance, literary imitation, and European Petrarchism. She is a two-time winner of the NEH Fellowship for College Teachers and received the 2004 Sixteenth-Century Studies and Conference Literature Prize. DellaNeva is a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. She also received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching and was named a Faculty Fellow of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning in 2002.


She has authored a book on the French poet Maurice Sceve (Song and Counter-Song: Sceve's Delie and Petrarch's Rime), and published articles on Renaissance poets and imitation theory in several journals. Her edition of Neo-Latin treatises on imitation, Ciceronian Controversies, was published in 2007 by Harvard University Press in its I Tatti series.

DellaNeva has also published a book on literary imitation entitled Unlikely Exemplars: Reading and Imitating Beyond the Italian Canon in French Renaissance Poetry (University of Delaware Press, 2009). Her current projects center on the representations of Henry VIII in early modern French and Italian literature. 

DellaNeva earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University, and also holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a faculty member at Notre Dame since 1982.