Jonathan Combs-Schilling

Jonathan Combs-Schilling

Jonathan Combs-Schilling

Associate Professor of Italian

215 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

Spring 2023 Office Hours
In Person (215 HH): Wednesday, 1-2pm
On Zoom: Friday, 9-10am at

Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature
  • Dante Studies
  • Pastoral and Epic
  • Literary geographies


  • Ph.D., Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • B.A., Italian, Columbia University, 2002, summa cum laude

Jonathan Combs-Schilling’s principal field of research and teaching is Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture from the 13th to the 16th centuries. His interests include Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio; classical and Italian traditions of pastoral and epic; neo-Latin poetry; travel literature; and literary representations of the sea. His publications, on authors from Dante to Tasso, have appeared in venues such as Modern Language Notes and Dante Studies. He is currently completing a monograph entitled The Edge of Pastoral: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, which shows how the tre corone’s treatment of epistolarity, genre, language and politics transforms the post-classical history of pastoral. He regularly teaches undergraduate classes on Dante’s Comedy, Italian travel, romance narratives from the Middle Ages to the present, and the history of “Italian” culture from ancient Rome to Berlusconi; as well as graduate seminars on Dante Studies, the Latin Petrarch, Boccaccio’s Decameron, and Renaissance and Apocalypse (1494-1527).