Assistant Professor of Italian
B.A., summa cum laude in Italian and Classics, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. and Ph.D. Italian, Stanford University
Research and Teaching Interests
Boccaccio, Dante, Petrarch, poetics, myth and literature, politics and literature
David Lummus is an assistant professor in Italian. He came to Notre Dame in 2018 as the assistant director of the Center for Italian Studies and since 2020 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
His research concerns the literary culture of the Italian fourteenth century. His monograph, The City of Poetry: Imagining the Civic Role of the Poet in Fourteenth-Century Italy, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2020 and received the 2019 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies by the Modern Language Association.
He has co-edited a book with Martin Eisner titled A Boccaccian Renaissance: Essays on the Early Modern Impact of Giovanni Boccaccio and His Works (Notre Dame 2019) and is the editor of The Decameron Sixth Day in Perspective (Toronto 2021). He is also a member of the editorial board of Dante Studies, the journal of the Dante Society of America, for 2020-2022.