Tina Montenegro

Visiting Assistant Professor of French


MA Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
MA New York University
MPHIL Universidade de São Paulo
PHD New York University

Tina Montenegro


Tina holds a PhD in French literature. Her dissertation studies medieval didactic literature and the art of rhetoric from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, focusing on Brunetto Latini, Occitan poetics and Christine de Pizan. She works on the classical art of rhetoric and its reception in the Middle Ages, on medieval didactic literature, on modern and contemporary literary theory, as well as on art and art history. She is interested in the conditions of possibility of discourse (why we speak and write in a certain way at a given time period?) and in knowledge production (what is considered knowledge in different epochs, how is it shared, and in what forms?). She has published and presented on Brunetto Latini's political compilation called the Tresor and on the Occitan art of poetry called the Leys d'Amors, as well as on art and art history. In 2019, she presented a performative reading about love, language and feminine submission at the Hildelund Art Festival in Sweden. She is currently working on the reception of Aristotle's theory of knowledge acquisition through the senses in the allegory of Christine de Pizan's Livre de la mutacion de Fortune: a headdress gifted by Nature to her daughter (the narrator) legitimizes a woman author to teach philosophy.

Tina started her career as a lawyer. She then earned a masters degree in the Philosophy Department of the University of São Paulo, studying Brunetto Latini. Her PhD in Literature followed the same line of research. After her PhD, she worked as posdoctoral lecturer at the Department of Literature, Thought, and Culture of NYU for two years (2018-2020), during which she taught language and literature.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Student hours: Fridays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (or by appointment)


Fall 2020
FREN 111 - 01
Intermediate French I

FREN 111 - 03
Intermediate French I

FREN 315 - 01
Politics of the French

Spring 2021
FREN 102 - 03
Elementary French II

FREN 228 - 01
Fight like the French