Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards earned his MA in Italian from Middlebury College in 2008, and recently defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Pirandello through the Eyes of Cinema: Authorial Texts and Intermedial Adaptations.” His PhD in Italian at The University of Pennsylvania will be conferred in December 2019. His research interests include 20th century Italian literature, theatre, cinema, film theory, adaptation studies, and intermediality. His dissertation project explores film adaptations of Luigi Pirandello’s narrative and theatrical works. In addition to his research, Michael is a lecturer at The Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches courses on Italian and Italian-American culture as well as Italian language. He also co-directs a summer study-abroad program in Reggio Calabria, Italy.



Certificate of Excellence in Teaching (Department of Spanish Italian and Portuguese, The Pennsylvania State University, Spring 2017)

Critical Writing Graduate Teaching Fellowship (The Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014 to Spring 2015) 

Excellence in Teaching Award (Department of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013).

Salvatori Award Research Grant (Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2013).