Alison Cornish joined the Italian Studies faculty at NYU first as Visiting Professor in Fall 2017 and then as Professor in Fall 2018. She is currently Chair of the Department and President of The Dante Society of America.
At NYU's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, together with Director Stefano Albertini, she began a lecture series entitled "Dante and…" featuring scholars and experts investigating Dante's relevance to difference areas of study and concern, with particular relevance to today's world. Also in collaboration with Casa Italiana and the Dante Society of America, she spearheaded a year-long project of short conversations between different people on each of the 100 cantos of Dante's Divine Comedy. The Canto Per Canto: Conversations with Dante in Our Time are curated by Casa, published on the Italian Studies Facebook page, prepared by members of the Dante Society of America and annotated by a team of graduate students from NYU and the University of Michigan.
Professor Cornish’s research interests are primarily in the fields of Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature, especially Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, with particular concern for scientific, philosophical and theological issues and their translation into the vernacular. Before coming to NYU, she taught in the Department of Italian at Yale University and in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has held a University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, a Harvard University Villa I Tatti Fellowship, and a Fulbright Grant to Italy.