Francesca De Santis (Anna)

I was born in Rome, Italy, and I completed my education journey in Italy, Spain, and the US.

I am an Assistant Professor at Luther College, teaching classes in Spanish and Italian.

My research focus is Peninsular Spanish Literature, with a special interest in satirical and burlesque poetry of the Golden Age. 

In my publications I explore many different topics such as misogynist and anticlerical satire, textual criticism, as well as traditional and manuscript poetry. I am currently focusing on the study of Miguel de Cervantes' poetry and its textual transmission.

In 2012 I was titled collaborator of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española).

Before joining Luther College I taught Spanish Language and Literature at the Pennsylvania State University and at the University of Rome "La Sapienza."

At Luther I started an annual Spanish Talent Show where we try to promote the Spanish or Latino Culture through the students' performances (for more information see

Music is an important part of my life. I love singing (in different languages, of course!) when I have the chance to do it. I also use pop music and songs in my classes for learning activities.

In my free time I like to dance Latin dances like bachata, salsa, merengue and cumbia. I am also a member of the Rochester Salsa Community.

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