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Nassime Jehan Chida
Nassime Chida-Madiwale is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her research interests include Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Mediterranean Studies and Medieval social and political history, with a particular focus on the history of the Northern Italian city-states in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. Her dissertation, provisionally entitled “Kinship and power in Dante’s comedy” historicizes Dante’s discourse on issues pertaining to local politics in the Commedia.
Nassime obtained a certification from Columbia’s Innovative Teaching Summer Institute in June 2015, and was subsequently selected as one of 14 Peer Teaching Consultants, conducting interdisciplinary data-supported observations with oversight and training from the Teaching Centre at Columbia.
Before attending Columbia University, she received her BA in French and Italian from University College London and a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford, where she was awarded the Senior Paget Toynbee Prize for an essay on Dante’s Paradiso. She was also awarded a Socrates Award and spent a year at the Università degli studi di Bologna.