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Baika, Gabriella Baika

Associate Professor | College of Psych. and Liberal Arts - School of Arts and Communication

Contact Information
(321) 674-7357
Frederick C. Crawford Bldg, 616

Educational Background

2007, Ph. D. in French, with a concentration in Romance Languages, U. of Pittsburgh.

Professional Experience

2007 - Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

2004 - Graduate Certificate in West European Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

2004 - Graduate Certificate in Italian Studies. "Carla Rossi Academy," Monsummano Terme, Italy.

1999 - Certificato di italiano come lingua straniera (livello superiore), Universita'  degli Studi di Roma Tre, Rome, Italy.

1998 - Diploma de español como lengua extranjera. Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, Spain.

1997 - Certificate of Linguistic Proficiency in Portuguese. Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

1996-1999 - Doctoral candidate. Ph.D. Dissertation: "The Hypothetical System of the Romance Languages: A Diachronic Study." Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dissertation director: Marian Papahagi.


2004 - Medieval Academy of America "Grace Frank" Dissertation Grant.

2005 - Woodrow Wilson National Finalist for the "Charlotte Newcombe" Fellowship.

2005 - Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography, Newberry Library, Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago. Seminar conducted by Armando Petrucci and Franca Petrucci-Nardelli.

2005-2006 - "Lillian Lawler" Fellowship for outstanding academic achievement and excellence in teaching, University of Pittsburgh.

2004-2005 - Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh.

2004 - "Carla Rossi Academy" Fellowship for Dante Studies, Monsummano Terme, Italy. Summer seminar conducted by Marino Balducci.

2004 - Beta Kappa Society’s "Mary Isabel Sibley" Fellowship alternate winner.

2001-2002 - Provost Fellowship for high academic merit in a program in the Humanities, University of Pittsburgh.

1992 - Tempus Scholarship, University of Nantes, France.

1990 - Summer Scholarship, University of Besançon, France. Program: Méthodologie du FLE --Français-langue étrangère.


August 2009 - present - Assistant Professor (French and Italian), Florida Institute of Technology.

August 2007 - May 2009 - Lecturer of French and Italian, Auburn University.

May 2002 – May 2007 - Teaching Fellow (French and Italian), University of Pittsburgh.

1992 - 2001 - Assistant Professor of French (tenured), Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


May 13, 2011, Organizer of the session "The Romance of the Rose: Defense and Illustration," 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.

November 6, 2010, Organizer and chair of the session "Face(t)s of the World. Enhancing Foreign Language Instruction through Visual Means," SAMLA Convention, Atlanta.

November 6-8, 2009 - Session secretary for "Creative Assignments in Foreign Languages," SAMLA Convention, Atlanta.

May 8, 2009 - Chair of the "Jean Gerson” session, 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo.

June 10-12, 2005 - Co-organizer of the graduate conference hosted by The Newberry Library, Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago.

Selected Publications


The Rose and Geryon: The Poetics of Fraud and Violence in Jean de Meun and Dante (The Catholic University of America Press, Washington D.C., 2014).


"Com' Altrui Piacque: Myth, Weltansicht, and Rhetoric of Otherness in Inferno 26"; Romanische Forschungen 123 (December 2011): 454-72.

"Tongues of Fire and Fraud in Bolgia Eight"; Quaderni d'italianistica 32.2 (September 2011): 5-26.

"Double-Talk (Bilinguium) in Faus Semblant's Discourse in the Roman de la Rose"; Medievalia et Humanistica 35 (November 2009): 15-32.

"Deux verbes d'obligation en français: devoir et falloir," Studia 43.1 (1998): 21-26. Cluj Napoca: Babes-Bolyai University Press.


May 10, 2012, "The Testament of Jean de Meun and Its Relationship to the Divine Comedy," 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI

May 13, 2011, "Pride, Wrath, and Inverted Grammar in Inferno 14-16," 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.

6 November, 2010, "Welches Monster ist das?" Student Imagination at Work in the Foreign Language Class (French, Italian, and German), SAMLA Convention, Atlanta.

May 6, 2010, "Was Jean de Meun a Teacher of Vices?", 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.

November 8, 2009, "Forbidden Speech: The Problem of Blasphemy in Dante's Inferno"
SAMLA Convention, Atlanta.

May 8, 2009, "Coins and Words: The Interplay of Two (Forged) Semiotic Systems in the Bolgia of the Falsifiers," 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.

March 27, 2009, "Jean Gerson's Pour qu'on refrène sa langue and his Attack against Jean de Meun," Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Chicago.

April 2004, "Distribution of the Sins of Speech in the Divine Comedy," Annual Meeting of the Dante Alighieri Society of Pittsburgh.

May 2004, "Significati del silenzio dantesco nel canto XXVI dell' Inferno," Carla Rossi Academy, Monsummano Terme, Italy.


(From Romanian into French) "La conservation de la nature en Roumanie," by Vasile Cristea, trans. Gabriella Baika and Manuela Chesches (Camerino: Università degli Studi, 1995).


"Debating the Roman de la Rose", Christine McWebb ed. (New York: Routledge, 2007). In The Medieval Review, September 2009.

The Good Wife's Guide. Le ménagier de ParisA Medieval Household Book. Trans. Gina L. Greco and Christine M. Rose, Cornell University Press, 2009. In Speculum 85:3 (July 2010).


Professor Baika is working on the medieval ethics as represented in the works of William Peraldus, Alain de Lille, Domenico Cavalca, and Jean Gerson.

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