Kristen Grimes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Bellarmine 121
Phone: 610-660-1815
Fax: 610-660-2160


Ph.D., University of Chicago

Courses Taught

Dr. Grimes regularly teaches Intermediate Italian I & II, Italian Conversation and Italian Composition. She also teaches a variety of upper-division courses on Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture, such as Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio: The Dawn of the Renaissance; The Medici Court: Poetry, Patronage and the Art of Power; Italian Journeys: from Marco Polo to Global Tourism; Italy through Art and The Artist and the Madman from the Renaissance to the Reformation.


Dr. Grimes' teaching and research interests include:

  • Italian literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (in particular Petrarch)
  • Interdisciplinary relations between literary and visual traditions
  • The literature and history of travel
  • The history of Italian cinema