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Kristina Olson

Assistant Professor of Italian

Expertise: Italian studies, Italian identity, Medieval literature, Dante, Boccaccio, Italian language instruction

Kristina Olson is an assistant professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. She is currently the coordinator of the Italian Program at Mason, where she coordinates all levels of language instruction and supervises Mason's study-abroad programs in Florence, Rome and Sicily through the Center for Global Education. 

While her field of specialization is in medieval studies, specifically the works of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Olson is interested in diachronic questions of Italian culture both in its peninsular (Italian) and diasporic (i.e., Italian-American) manifestations.

Olson has published articles and reviews on modern and medieval Italian literature. She is also co-editor of the anthology titled "Open City: Seven Writers in Postwar Rome." She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Italian Literature from Columbia University.