Catherine Adoyo

Catherine Adoyo
Instructor of French
"Dante," Celebrating the 700-year anniversary of Dante's life and work

Dr. Catherine Adoyo received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University with a dissertation on the textual architecture of Dante’s Commedia. Trained in music composition and piano performance, Dr. Adoyo explores forms of epistemic justice in storytelling, art, and music and has published literary scholarship on Dante and Romance literatures of the Middle Ages as well as contemporary poetry and cinema. She is the author of Rain - A Song for All and None, a genre-bending work of literary fiction that draws compositional inspiration from Dante’s poetics to reclaim the storytelling voices of Oral Tradition in the Great Lakes region of East Africa.

In 2020, Dr.  Adoyo received the George Washington University Morton A. Bender Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Adoyo is featured in "Dante," the 2021 PBS documentary directed by Ric Burns for Steeplechase Films to celebrate the 700-year anniversary of Dante's life and work.



Fall 2021 Office hours: 
(Phillips 415) 


10:25 AM -11:00 AM

12:35 PM - 2:10 PM