Zane DR Mackin
M.Phil. in Italian Literature, Columbia University, 2006.
M.A. in Italian Literature, Columbia University, 2003.
B.A. magna cum laude in Comparative Literature,
Thesis: "Writing "oltre
la spera": Dante’s Techniques in Constructing a Text of Credibility
International Summer School in Dante Studies (Università
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore/ Centro Dantesco dei Frati Minori conventuali di
Ravenna), Ravenna, Summer 2007.
Fulbright Fellow, University of Bologna, Italy, 2001-2002.
Aestiva Romae Latinitatis, Intensive Latin Course in Rome,
My academic research has always
focused on medieval Italian poetry. My undergraduate
thesis focused on Dante's exploitation of Biblical –especially prophetic–
language to validate his authorial voice. While on a Fulbright fellowship to Bologna, I examined Aristotelian
Scholastic philosophy vis à vis
Averroes in the poetry of Guido Cavalcanti. In the summer of 2007, I
studied the influence of medieval philosophy on Dante with Prof. Alessandro
Ghisalberti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore,
Milan), while attending the International Summer School in Dante Studies
dissertation, "Vox Clamans:
Dante and the Culture of Dissent," examines the voices and figures of
religious and political dissent in Dante's Divina
Commedia, and attempts to situate them within the framework of Dante's own
self-construction as a figure of protest. This study investigates prophecy and
apocalypticism, popular religious movements and heresy, the rise of the
mendicant orders in the 13th century, radical Aristotelianism, the
history of the papacy, imperial issues, and political instability and revolt.
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Assistant Editor, Five Boroughs Foundation of Photography,
Teaching Fellow in Literature Humanities, Columbia
Private Tutor in Italian, 2006-Present.
Freelance Consultant Translator in Italian for Various
Research Consultant, Butler Library Electronic Text Service,
Columbia University, 2004-Present.
Teaching Fellow in Italian, Columbia University, 2004-2006.
Assistant Editor, Where Books Begin, New York City, Summer
Office Intern, Smock Magazine, 2000.
Hangover Media, 2000.
Disney Press, 2000.
Inside New York Guide, 2000.
Journalist, City Search New York, 1999-2000.
Representative, Columbia Graduate Student Advisory Council,
Disk Jockey, WBAR, 2004-2005.
Conference Papers and Lectures
Noster, Challenge to Latinity or Cultural Manifesto?" AAIS/AATI Convention in Taormina, May 22-25, 2008.
"Le innovazioni filosofico/poetiche di Guido
Cavalcanti." Lecture. CUNY Queens Department of Italian, February 11,
"Sedition and Modernity: Division as Politics and
Conflict as Freedom in Machiavelli and Spinoza," by Filippo Del Lucchese.
Published in Borderlands, Vol. 6, No
Columbia University GSAS Summer Fellowship Recipient,
Columbia University Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, 2007.
Columbia University Oldrini Fellow, 2006.
Dante Society of America, Charles Hall Grandgent Award.
Paper Title: “Saint Peter Damian: Dante’s Contemplativus
Fulbright Fellowship, 2001.
Medaglia d'Oro Award for Excellence in Italian Studies,
Alighieri Scholarship recipient, 1998-2001.