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Alex Cuadrado is a PhD student in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia. He received in MA in Italian from Columbia in 2017. He focuses on 13th and 14th-century literature, with an emphasis on the tre corone; recent research has touched upon urban geography in Dante's tenzone with Forese Donati, imagined pilgrimages in Petrarch's Itinerarium to the Holy Land, and the role of the Antonite friars in Boccaccio's tale of Frate Cipolla. He is interested in how early Italian literature connects to the history of politics, religion, and travel.
Alex grew up in a small mountain town in Colorado, and enjoys skiing and hiking. His interest in Italian started when he lived in Vicenza, Italy for a year in 2010-2011 as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. In 2016 he graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Italian and certificates in Medieval Studies and Humanistic Studies. His senior thesis at Princeton was titled "The Poetics of Pilgrimage in Dante's Commedia" and was the recipient of the Gruppo Esponenti Senior Thesis Prize for the best thesis in Italian and the Joseph R. Strayer Prize in Medieval Studies. In 2015 he was also the recipient of the Dante Prize and the American Association of Teachers of Italian College Essay Prize. He is a member of the Dante Society of America, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Modern Language Association. In 2017-2018 he will be teaching Elementary Italian at Columbia, and serving as one of the Departmental Representatives on the Graduate Student Advisory Council.