Staff Directory

World Languages and Literatures

World Languages and Literatures

Aria  Cabot

Director, Teaching and Technology Center

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Smith College (English & Italian)
Clements Hall 234A
(214) 768-2542
acabot@smu.edu

Aria Zan Cabot is the director of the World Languages and Literatures Teaching and Technology Center and an adjunct instructor of Italian. She holds a Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has experience developing and teaching foreign language, literature, and culture courses in both traditional face-to-face and online formats. Prior to joining SMU, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Truman State University. She spent five years studying and working in Italy as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and as the Resident Director of a study abroad program in Florence, Italy.

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Courses Taught: 

ITAL 1401, 1402, 1601, 2401

Research Interests: 

Early Modern autobiography; women writers from the Medieval through the Romantic period; travel writing in Europe from the Grand Tour to today; transvestism and gender identity in Early Modern literature; second-language aquisition and pedagogy; proficiency-based instruction; online curriculum development and assessment

Recent publications/presentations: 

“Sensibility, Self-Control, and Friendship in the Writings of the Princess of Carignano, Caluso and Alfieri” (in press). Arts et Savoirs. Entre le corps et l’esprit: langages et savoirs concurrents. (2018). Article.

“Autopsy-turvy: Representations of Women Readers in Eighteenth-Century Italy.” The 44th Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: The Eighteenth Century in Perspective. Dallas, TX, 21-23 February 2019. 

“Applying Best Practices in Online Course Design to Your On-Campus Courses.” Teaching & Technology Brown Bag Series, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Southern Methodist University, October 9, 2018. 

“Italian Conversation Partners in Online & Face-to-Face Courses.” ACTFL 2018 Convention, November 16-18, 2018. New Orleans, Louisiana. Roundtable presentation.

“Building a Post-Secondary World Languages Online Curriculum: A Case Study.” ACTFL 2018 Convention, November 16-18, 2018. New Orleans, Louisiana. Paper presentation.

“Global Approaches to Italian Studies: The Mediterranean and East Africa.” American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Annual Convention, June 2018. Sorrento, Italy. Chair of panel.

Incipit vita nova: The new life of De Sica’s Bicycle Thief in American Cinema and Television, from Amexicano (2007) to A Better Life (2011) and Master of None (2015-).” American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Annual Convention, June 2018. Sorrento, Italy. Paper presentation.