Margaret Scarborough is a PhD candidate in Italian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation re-examines the legacies of poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and art critic and feminist Carla Lonzi to interrogate the ways they translate literary and aesthetic criticism into their understandings and practices of self. Her research interests include contemporary Italian political philosophy, poetics, life writing, feminisms, and aberrant Marxisms.
Margaret holds a BA in European and Middle Eastern Languages and a Masters in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. She is currently a Preceptor in Contemporary Civilization, part of Columbia’s Core Curriculum. In 2020-2021 she was a Dissertation Fellow of Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL). In the 2019-2020 academic year she was a visiting student at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the Peter Szondi-Institut for Comparative Literature of the Freie Universität Berlin. She loves teaching and she is also a poet.