Francesca Tataranni Professor of Instruction in Classics and Director of Latin Instruction

Francesca Tataranni (PhD in Ancient History, University of Pisa) specializes in the history of archaic and republican Rome, with a focus on ethnicity in pre-Roman Italy.  She has published articles on the ethnic identity and self-representation of the Samnites and other ancient peoples of central and southern Italy. At Northwestern, Francesca has discovered a true passion for teaching Latin language and literature to undergraduate and graduate students and serves as Director of the Latin program in the Classics department.

Because of her interest in receptions of Roman culture in modern America, Tataranni has engaged in a number of research activities and collaborative projects within and outside the university. At Northwestern, she is a participant in the Kaplan Classical Receptions Research Workshop and a main research collaborator in the Classicizing Chicago Project, which is being developed with support from the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Mellon Foundation. In 2014, she was awarded an Arthur Vining Davis Foundations grant to attend a digital humanities workshop in which she designed a new digital humanities and classical receptions research seminar titled “Ancient Rome in Chicago.” With the support of an Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Development the class produced a  virtual walking tour that explores how Chicago’s engagement with the classical past has shaped the city’s look, identity and reputation.  

Tataranni is a 2009 winner of a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award. She was also elected seven times to the ASG (Associated Student Government) Faculty Honor Roll (2007-2009, 2011, 2013-2015). She is a member of the Council on Language Instruction, a Fellow of the Humanities Residential College and an affiliate of the Classical Tradition Initiative.