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Dana E. Stewart

Associate Professor; Collegiate Professor of Mountainview

Romance Languages and Literatures; Residential Life


Dana Stewart received her PhD and her MA in Italian from Stanford University and her BA in French from the University of Southern California. She is an active member of Binghamton’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center’s journal, Mediaevalia (for which she previously served as Editor-in-Chief). 

She has held several leadership positions at the University, including faculty director of Women’s Studies and chair of the Department of Romance Languages, and is a past vice president of the Dante Society of America. Currently, she is the collegiate professor of Binghamton’s Mountainview College, where she advises and mentors students, runs programming primarily related to language, culture and music, and leads the Romance Languages Learning Community.


  • Reconsidering Boccaccio: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts (co-edited with Olivia Holmes), University of Toronto Press, 2018
  • “Boccaccio at 700: Tales and Afterlives. An Introduction.” Co-authored with Olivia Holmes; in Mediaevalia 34 (2013), 1-6
  • Science and Literature at the Crossroads: Papers from the 34th CEMERS Interdisciplinary Conference. Mediaevalia 29.1, 2008 (Guest Editor)
  • “Poetic and Scientific Discourse in the Early Italian Lyric” In Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas. Essays in Memory of Richard C. Trexler, ed. Peter Arnade and Michael Rocke, University of Toronto Press, 2008
  • The Arrow of Love: Subjectivity, Gender, and Optics in Medieval Love Poetry. Bucknell University Press, 2003


  • PhD, Italian, Stanford University
  • MA, Italian, Stanford University
  • BA, French, University of Southern California

Research Interests

  • Poetry of the Sicilian School
  • Dolce Stil Nuovo
  • Dante
  • Petrarch
  • Boccaccio

Teaching Interests

  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • Love, science and magic in the Middle Ages
  • Literature of the Italian Renaissance
  • Reading Machiavelli


  • Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Award (grant of $5,000 for developing the Romance Languages Learning Community in Mountainview College, Binghamton University), 2022
  • Binghamton University Council/Foundation Award (for outstanding leadership and service to the University), 2014
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2014
  • Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement for editing the Medieval Studies journal Mediaevalia (awarded by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals at the Modern Language Association), 2012

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