Martin Marafioti

Martin Marafioti

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages and Cultures - NYC
41 Park Row
| Office Hours: Mon 12:20pm-1:20pm,Tue 10:00am-1:00pm,Wed 4:30pm-5:30pm
Choate House


Faculty Bio

Dr. Marafioti has been a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Pace University since 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, specializing in Italian Medieval and Early Modern literature and the intersections between literature and medicine.

He recently has published a translation of Michele Savonarola’s Mother’s Manual for the Women of Ferrara, a Fifteenth Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics [Ed. Gabriella Zuccolin] with Iter Press, University of Toronto (2022); and a monograph titled
Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy (Routledge, 2018).

At Pace University, Dr. Marafioti teaches a wide variety of courses including Italian language (at all levels), Italian Literature, as well as courses he has developed that focus on an analysis of Italy through its cinema, representations of gender and sexuality in popular and official culture, Italian cultural identity, and the role of narrative throughout periods of epidemic illness.

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2022, Scholarly Research Grant
  • Pace University, 2015, President's Award for Excellence, Team Award
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2014, National Endowment for the Humanities Translations and Scholarly Editions Grant
  • Pace University, 2013, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences ePortfolio Assessment Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2009, Summer Seminar: "Disease in the Middle Ages"
  • New York University, 2008, Visiting Scholar
  • Pace University, 2007, Presidential Grant


PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
Italian Studies

MA, The Catholic University of America, 1993
Italian Literature

MA, The Catholic University of America, 1993
Spanish and Latin American Literature

BA, University of Maryland, 1990
Romance Languages

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature and Cultural Studies, Intersections Between Literature and Medicine, History of Medicine

Courses Taught

Past Courses

DYS 499: Sen Yr Exp-Modern Lang/Culture
FRE 491: French Internship
INT 197: Rome: The Eternal City -Travel
INT 396: Books that Transform You
ITA 101: Elementary College Italian I
ITA 102: Elementary College Italian II
ITA 154: Gndr & Sxlty, Itln Styl
ITA 154: Modern Italian Culture & Film
ITA 154: The Splendors of Tuscany
ITA 154: Tpc: Italian Cinema
ITA 154: Tpc: Italy: Ystrdy, Tdy & Tmrw
ITA 163: Italian Civilization I
ITA 166: Italian Cinema
ITA 280: Intensive Review of Italian
ITA 283: Intermediate Italian Cnvrstn
ITA 284: Intermediate Italian Cmpstn
ITA 300: Italian Oggi
ITA 301: Advanced Italian Conversation
ITA 302: Advanced Italian Composition
ITA 304: Italian Trnsltn & Intpretatn
ITA 310: Italian Culture/Civilization I
ITA 316: Intro to Italian Literature I
ITA 317: Intro to Italian Literature II
ITA 320: Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio
ITA 380: Epics of Epid:Narration Plague
ITA 380: Italian Seminar: Italian Voice
ITA 380: Trnsfrmng Italian Lit. & Film
ITA 390: Italian Internship I
ITA 402: Shadow Seminar In Italian II
SPA 101: Elementary College Spanish I
SPA 102: Elementary College Spanish II

Publications and Presentations


A Mother's Manual for the Women of Ferrara: A Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics, translated by Martin Marafioti, Edited by Gabriella Zuccolin
Marafioti, M. (2022, August). A Mother's Manual for the Women of Ferrara: A Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics, translated by Martin Marafioti, Edited by Gabriella Zuccolin.Toronto , Canada : IterAcademic Press.

Riguardando Giovanni Boccaccio: Narrative Distraction as Self-Care in Franco Sacchetti's Trecentonovelle
Marafioti, M. (2019, September). Modern Language Notes. Vol 134S , pages S184-S192.

Professional Contributions and Service

Department Service

  • Assessment [MOL Departmental Representative]
  • Film and Screen Studies Advisory Board [Committee Member]
  • Departmental Representative for Modern Languages and Cultures at Pace Preview [Departmental Representative]
  • Search Committee for position in Queer Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies Department [Committee Member]

College Service

  • Dyson Sabbatical Committee Dyson Sabbatical Committee [Committee Chair]

University Service

  • Council of Deans and Faculty on Promotion and Tenure [Committee Member]