Michael J. Clark


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Michael J. Clark is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in Renaissance drama. In his dissertation, Michael examines how trust and distrust between patients and physicians are depicted in Italian, English, and French Renaissance comedy.

As a comparatist, Michael has studied Italian, Spanish, ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, and Irish, but his primary literatures are English and Italian. His research interests include Renaissance literature, the history of medicine, classical reception, performance studies, translation studies, and pedagogy.

At UNC, Michael’s teaching experience has been cross-disciplinary and has included Italian language courses, first-year composition courses, and introductory literature courses. In addition to these teaching responsibilities, Michael has served as a coach at the UNC Writing Center. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Michael will be participating in a teaching exchange at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy.

When not teaching, writing, or conducting research, Michael likes to travel and to sing.

Teaching Awards

Literature Teaching Award, 2016

Foreign Language Teaching Award, 2016

Engaged Instructor Award, 2015


BA, Colby College, 2011

Research Groups and Interests

Comparative Literature
Group III - English Literature from 1485 to 1660 (including Milton)