- Assistant Professor of Italian
Contact1317 H Cathedral of Learning
Area of Interest
PhD, Italian Literature, Yale University
MA, Italian Literature, Middlebury College
BA, Classics, Yale University
Research Interests & Fields of Study
Medieval and early modern Italian literature
Early modern reception of the classics
Intersections of literature, philosophy, and politics
Italian Humanism and Islam
Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and their reception
Undergraduate courses on topics including Machiavelli, Italian theater, travel literature, Italian opera, food and culture in Italy, Galileo and the scientific revolution, and the city of Rome in literature and film, as well as Italian language courses at all levels.
Graduate seminars on topics including Petrarch, humanism, and the early modern reception of classical texts.
Luigi Pulci in Renaissance Florence and Beyond: New Perspectives on his Poetry and Influence, co-ed. and introd. with Andrea Moudarres. Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.
"Translating Impiety: Girolamo Frachetta and the First Vernacular Commentary on Lucretius." Quaderni d'Italianistica 35.1 (2014): 55-72.
"Boccaccio's Humanistic Ethnography (De Canaria)." Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Ed. V. Kirkham, M. Sherberg, and J. Smarr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
“Furor and Philology in the Poetics of Angelo Poliziano.” New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance. Leiden: Brill, 2012: 251-289.
“Observations on Vico as Reader of Lucretius.” New Vico Studies 25 (2007): 35-51.
“Mitomania e metamorfosi di Olimpia." Paragone Letteratura 48, 49, 50 (August - December 2003): 114-125.