In summer 2007, Dr, Cervetti attended Schlesinger Library Summer Seminar on Gender History titled, "Writing Past Lives: Biography as History" at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Selected as a full seminar participant, Dr. Cervetti presented a portion of her S. Weir Mitchell biography in a workshop led by Nancy Cott, director of the Schlesinger Library and professor of American history at Harvard.
Dr. Cervetti was one of 36 scholars selected to be a full participant in this prestigious seminar. At its conclusion, she remained at Harvard to conduct research on S. Weir Mitchell correspondence at the Houghton Library. This scholarship research culminated in the completion of a manuscript entitled, S. Weir Mitchell biography, Misogyny & Medicine: The Life & Letters of S. Weir Mitchell.
Dr. Cervetti joined the Avila faculty in 1993 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She specializes in British literature and feminist theory and teaches courses that include: women and literature, Darwin and literature, images and realities of women, and introduction to literary criticism.