- Associate Professor in Romance Languages & Literatures, and the College
Professor Steinberg's scholarship focuses on medieval Italian literature, especially on Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, the early lyric, manuscript culture, and literary historiography. His interests include the intersection of legal and literary culture and the history of the book.
His recent book Accounting for Dante: Urban Readers and Writers in Late Medieval Italy (Notre Dame: Notre Dame UP, 2007) won the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Manuscript in Italian Studies awarded by the Modern Language Association (MLA). He has also published articles on the Compiuta donzella (the first female poet of Italian literature), Dante's dreams in the Vita Nuova, and Petrarch's uncollected poems. He is currently writing a book about Dante and the law, for which he was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship.