Aria Cabot

Adjunct Lecturer of Italian World Languages and Literatures Teaching and Technology Center, Director

World Languages and Literatures


Office Location

Clements Hall 234A




Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aria Zan Cabot is the director of the World Languages and Literatures Teaching and Technology Center, an adjunct instructor of Italian, and the co-director of the SMU-in-Tuscany study abroad program. 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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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 acquisition and pedagogy
  • Proficiency-based instruction
  • Online curriculum development and assessment

Publications and Presentations

  • “Beyond the Language Requirement: A three-pronged approach to improving retention.” 51st NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Convention, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 2020.
  • “Sensibility, Self-Control, and Friendship in the Writings of the Princess of Carignano, Caluso and Alfieri.” Arts et Savoirs 11. Entre le corps et l’esprit: langages et savoirs concurrents. (2019).
  • “Assessing Intermediate Communication & Cultural Competence with TalkAbroad.” ACTFL 2019, Washington, DC, November 22-24, 2019.
  • “Online, Face-to-Face, or Intensive Immersion Abroad? A Comparative Analysis.” ACTFL 2019, Washington, DC, November 22-24, 2019.
  • “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.
  • “Building a Post-Secondary World Languages Online Curriculum: A Case Study.” ACTFL 2018 Convention, November 16-18, 2018. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 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.

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 1401
  • ITAL 1402
  • ITAL 1601 (SMU-in-Tuscany)
  • ITAL 2401
  • ITAL 2302
  • WL 4385: World Language Internship