Italian: Medieval studies, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, medieval chronicles, historiography, gender studies
"Uncovering the Historical Body of Florence: Dante, Forese Donati, and Sumptuary Legislation." Italian Culture 33:1 (March 2015): 1-15.
Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio and the Literature of History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. http://www.utppublishing.com/Courtesy-Lost-Dante-Boccaccio-and-the-Literature-of-History.html
“Dante’s Urban American Vernacular: Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy.” Special Edition: “New Voices in Dante Criticism,” of Dante Studies: The Annual Publication of the Dante Society of America 131 (2013): 143-169.
“The Language of Women as Written by Men: Dante, Boccaccio, and Gendered Histories of the Vernacular,” Heliotropia 8-9 (2011-12, http://www.heliotropia.org/08-09/olson.pdf) (the peer-reviewed journal of the American Boccaccio Association).Reprinted in Heliotropia 700/10: A Boccaccio Anniversary Volume (LED, 2013), pp. 217-236.
“Resurrecting Dante’s Florence: Figural Realism in the Decameron and the Esposizioni,” Modern Language Notes 124:1 (January 2009): 45-65.
Open City: Seven Writers in Post-War Rome. Co-editor, with William Weaver. South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, 1999.
“Florentines Gone Wild: Sumptuary Legislation in the 14th and 15th Centuries.” Medieval and Renaissance Studies Fall Seminar, Department of English, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. October 4, 2014.
“Dante’s Urban American Vernacular: Sandow Birk’s Comedy.” Conference: “Dante in Contemporary Perspectives.” Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY. October 24, 2014.
“’Sòstati tu ch'a l'abito ne sembri / essere alcun di nostra terra prava’: Textiles and Political Truth in the Comedy.” Conference: “Dante’s Poets: Thirty Years Later.” Held at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, November 13, 2014.“Histories of the Southern Kingdoms from Dante to Boccaccio (and Petrarch).” Panel: “Dante and Boccaccio.” Annual Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. Held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, March 26-28, 2015.