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Mary Watt

Associate Dean

Areas of Responsibility

  • Acting Cognizant Associate Dean for
    • Academic Resources (formerly, Teaching Center)
    • African American Studies Program
    • Bob Graham Center for Public Service
    • Center for African Studies
    • Center for European Studies
    • Center for Jewish Studies
    • Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
    • Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
    • English Language Institute
    • International Studies Program
    • Language Learning Center
    • Oral History Program
    • William and Grace Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
    • Faculty affairs
    • College representative to UF-UFF contract negotiations
    • Faculty Grievances
    • Faculty Salaries/Raises/Market Equity/Bylaws
    • Sexual Harassment
  • Arts and Humanities Master Plan (and other humanities initiatives)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and Associated Liaison Program
  • Shared Services

Brief Biography

Mary holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies and a J.D., both from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture, with a particular focus on Dante’s Divine Comedy as a reflection of medieval perceptions of the cosmos. Her work has been supported by the Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, the Municipality of Ravenna, Italy, and the University of Oslo’s Norwegian Institute in Rome. She is the author of over fifty journal articles, book chapters, reviews and translations and currently serves as Secretary to the Canadian Association for Italian Studies. Mary has been a Goggio Chair Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and given talks at multiple universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. She is the author of The Cross that Dante Bears: Pilgrimage, Crusade, and the Cruciform Church in the Divine Comedy (University Press of Florida, 2005) and Dante, Columbus and the Prophetic Tradition: Spiritual Imperialism in the Italian Imagination (Routledge, 2017). Recently, Mary has been collaborating with colleagues in the College of Engineering and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere to integrate humanities content and medieval and renaissance studies into the engineering curriculum.