Jill Claretta Robbins

Jill Claretta Robbins

Jill Claretta Robbins
Adjunct Associate Professor
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PhD    New York University
MA      New York University
BA       Vassar College


Adjunct Associate Professor Jill Claretta Robbins holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian literature from New York University. She has taught Italian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice since 1996,  as well as at New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Hunter College. Baruch College, Fordham University, and several other colleges in the area. Dr. Robbins has presented papers on medieval and Renaissance literature and has published translations of medieval and Renaissance writers. She has chaired the Italian sections of the departmental conferences at John Jay, as well as acting as advisor for the John Jay Italian Club, with which she organized a student fashion show and lecture on the history  of Italian fashion. Dr. Robbins is also a published poet, and has been chosen to participate in seminars and master classes at the 92nd St. Y in New York.


Selected Publications

English translations from the writings of Antonio Rocco. Ken Borris, Ed. Same Sex Desire in the English Renaissance: A Handbook and Annotated Anthology of Contemporary Documents. New York: Routledge Press, 2003.

English translations from the writings of Cecco Nuccoli, Marino Ceccoli, Torquato Tasso, and Antonio Rocco. Byrne R. S. Fone, Ed. The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

“Answer Key.” Prego Instructor’s Manual. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Poetry published in Poetry Bag, Alkahest, Sheaf, POP, The Greensboro Review. 1968-1984.


  • Medieval and Renaissance literature
  • The works of Dante Alighieri
  • The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Italian translation
  • Twentieth century American poetry
  • Creative writing

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