Bättig von Wittelsbach, K.E.


Senior Lecturer, Department of Romance Studies; Jewish Studies Program

Co-director, Cornell-in-Turin Summer Program, Cornell Institute for European Studies

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K. E. Bättig von Wittelsbach is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies. She also co-directs the Cornell-in-Turin Program in Government and Population Studies in Italy.

She is the recipient of the Carpenter Award for Distinguished Advising and the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her research interests include:

  • Jewish-Italian tradition and literature; 
  • modern Algerian literature and intellectual history; Jews in Northern Africa;
  • European politics and language standardization (esp. Italy, France, Switzerland and the Balkans);
  • multilingualism and lexical interference; role of poetry in second-language acquisition;
  • Italian minorities and border zone question; 
  • Italian-speaking communities outside of Italy
  • 18th-century Franco-Italian intellectual exchange and literary influences;
  • nation-building in 19th-century Italy and Germany.

Office: 127 Klarman Hall

E-mail: wittelsbach@cornell.edu

Geographic Focus

administrative responsibilities

  • Cornell-in-Turin Summer Program