Gabrielle Sims


B.A., University of Western Australia
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Gabrielle Sims received her PhD in Italian Studies in 2012, with a dissertation on nineteenth-century Italian poet-philosopher Giacomo Leopardi’s adaptation of radical Scottish geology and materialism into his poetry and natural philosophy. In April she published the first translation of Leopardi’s 1818 “Discourse of an Italian on Romantic Poetry” with Pickering and Chatto and plans future translations of Leopardi’s essays and minor satirical works. While her current primary focus is the work of Giacomo Leopardi, her research interests include British and German Romanticism, travel literature, the history of the natural sciences and the problem of the disciplinary divide, theories of time, and utopias.

In Fall 2013 she was the Lauro de Bosis Postdoctoral Lecturer at Harvard University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.