Deion Dresser


Ph.D. Candidate, Italian Studies

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Deion Dresser holds a B.A. from Georgetown University (2019), where he majored in Italian Studies and minored in Classics. During his time at Georgetown, he was the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship and wrote his Senior Thesis on the place of non-binary gender identities in Italian grammatical gender.


Deion earned his MA in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2020). At Penn, he has taught Italian language courses and TAed culture courses at the undergraduate level. He is currently completing the Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the CTL Teaching Certificate. He has also been a Graduate Assistant for the American Association for Italian Studies since Summer 2020 and is currently the Senior Graduate Assistant.


His primary research interests include biopolitics, feminist theory and ethics, second-language acquisition, and language pedagogy.


Teaching Experience

  • Elementary Italian I (ITAL 110)Fall 2020
  • Elementary Italian II (ITAL 120)Spring 2021; Summer 2021
  • Intermediate Italian I (ITAL 130), Fall 2021
  • Intermediate Italian II (ITAL 140), Spring 2022
  • Made in Italy: Fashion, Gender, and Identity from Renaissance to Fascism (ITAL100), Spring 2022 (Grader)
Office Hours
Fall 2023: Monday 1-2pm and Thursday 12-1pm