JoAnn Della Neva

Professor of French
Academic Director, London Global Gateway 

JoAnn Della Neva


B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Profile

JoAnn DellaNeva was appointed Academic Director of the London Global Gateway in 2017 and is currently on site in London. In this position, she works closely with other staff members regarding initiatives that help enhance the academic profile of the Gateway and works to provide opportunities for intellectual enrichment for both students and faculty in London.

DellaNeva joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1982. She served as founding Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures from 1989-1996 and was later named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letter in 2010, serving until 2017.

DellaNeva has written extensively on French and Italian literature of the Renaissance. Her teaching and research interests include Renaissance love poetry, Franco-Italian literary relations in the Renaissance, women writers of the Renaissance, literary imitation, and European Petrarchism. She has authored a book on the French poet Maurice Scève (Song and Counter-Song: Scève's Délie and Petrarch's Rime) and published articles on Renaissance poets and imitation theory in several journals. Her edition of Neo-Latin treatises on imitation, Ciceronian Controversies, was published by Harvard University Press in its I Tatti series and another book on literary imitation, entitled Unlikely Exemplars: Reading and Imitating Beyond the Italian Canon in French Renaissance Poetry appeared with the University of Delaware Press.

Professor DellaNeva’s avocation is Tudor history, and she is now working on projects regarding the literary representation of Henry VIII in early modern European texts. A two-time recipient of an NEH Fellowship, she also received the 2004 Sixteenth-Century Studies and Conference Literature Prize. DellaNeva is a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute and the Medieval Institute. She also received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching and was named a Faculty Fellow of the Kaneb Center in 2002. She has taught a variety of courses on French, Italian, and Comparative Literatures and an interdisciplinary CSEM course on Henry VIII.


Contact Information

University of Notre Dame in England
1-4 Suffolk Street
London SW1Y 4HG

Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall 
Notre Dame, IN 46556