Wesleyan portrait of Tina  Montenegro

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 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 legitimizes a woman author to teach philosophy), and on images of debate and conversation in manuscripts of arts of rhetoric.

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: Mondays 3pm - 5pm (or by appointment)


Fall 2021
FREN 101 - 02
Elementary French I

FREN 111 - 03
Intermediate French I

Spring 2022
FREN 102 - 01
Elementary French II

FREN 102 - 02
Elementary French II

FREN 229 - 01
Middle Ages and Nature