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Anthony Nussmeier, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier joined the Modern Languages faculty at the University of Dallas as Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of Italian Language in 2016. Before coming to UD, he taught at Kansas State University and The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Nussmeier enjoys teaching all levels of Italian language and literature, and has also had extensive experience teaching and leading study abroad, having directed a study abroad program in Todi, Umbria and taught in Florence. At UD he also directs the Intensive Italian Summer Rome Program. As an undergraduate he studied at the University of Bologna, the world's oldest university (founded in 1088), where he studied Italian politics, history, language, and dialàtt bulgnaiṡ (Bolognese dialect).

Areas of Expertise

  • Dante
  • Studies of medieval time literature
  • Italian pedagogy


  • Ph.D., Italian Language and Literature, Indiana University
  • M.A., Italian Language and Literature, Indiana University
  • B.A., History and Italian Studies, University of Minnesota

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Italian
  • Italian Program Director

Professional Experience

  • Contributor Editor (Dante), The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, 2016-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of Italian Language, Kansas State University, 2015-2016
  • Lecturer of Italian, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013-2015
  • Director, The Pennsylvania State University in Todi, Italy, 2013-2015
  • Visiting Lecturer of Italian and Coordinator of Intermediate Italian, Indiana University, 2011-2013
  • Assistant to the Editor, Textual Cultures, 2010-2011

Recent Courses

  • First Year Italian I (MIT 1301)
  • Second Year Italian I (MIT 2311)

Research Interests

Dr. Nussmeier focuses on medieval and Renaissance literature, specifically Dante, medieval poetry, manuscript culture, and early-book culture.

Selected Publications


  • Book:

  • Dante and the Politics of Literary Script: the «De vulgari eloquentia» and the Fortunes of Medieval Italian Lyric (under contract with the University of Toronto Press)
  • Articles in Refereed Journals and Edited Book Collections:
  • "The First Italian Edition of Thomas More's Utopia (1519, Giunti, Florence) and the Aldine-Giuntine Rivalry" (in progress; 2017)
  • "Gilles Ménage, Dante and the Invention of Italian Medieval Literature", Inventer la littérature médiéval, edited by Yann Dahhaoui and Barbara Wahlen (in progress; 2017)
  • "2015: Dante at 750: A Critical Review", The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, Brill (will be published in January 2017)
  • "Ut exinde potionare possimus dolcissimum ydromellum" (Dve I I 1): 'Dante satiro' and the De vulgari eloquentia, in «Dante Satiro», Routledge, edited by F. Alfie and N. Applauso (submitted to publisher; expected 2016/2017).
  • "Boccaccio e il Dve fra il codice Toledano e il codice Chigiano", in Boccaccio 1313-2013, edited by F. Ciabattoni and K. Olson, Ravenna: Longo (October 2015)
  • "'Padre' e 'Donna del cielo': Petrarca in Guittone della 'Giuntina di rime antiche'", Medioevo letterario d'Italia 9 (2012 [2013]), pgs. 89-103.
  • "Dante, Guittone, Guinizzelli, and the Politics of Literary Debate", Textual Cultures 7.2 (2012 [2013]), pgs. 43-72.
  • Published Recent Scholarly Reviews:
  • "La biblioteca di Pietro Crinito: Manoscritti e libri a stampa della raccolta libraria di un umanista fiorentino. Series: Textes et Études du Moyen Âge (Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal: Porto, 2013)", The Medieval Review (April 2014)

  • Other Published Material:

  • "Wrong-Answer Feedback for Online Student Activities Manual", in Caleidoscopio, D. Bartalesi-Graf and C. Ryan, Pearson (2014)
  • "Test Bank", in Caleidoscopio, D. Bartalesi-Graf and C. Ryan, Pearson (2014)


  • "«Guidonem, Lapum [sic?], et unum alium, Florentinos, et Cynum Pistoriensem»: How Dante Became Dante in the De vulgari eloquentia", MLA 2017, Dante Society of America, Philadelphia, PA (January 7-10, 2017) (upcoming)
  • "The Business of the Italian Program at American Land-Grant Universities", PAMLA Conference, Pasadena, CA (November 11-13, 2016)
  • "Medieval Italian Poetry and the Archaeological Paratext of the 1527 Giuntina", Inventing Medieval Literature (16th-17th centuries), University of Lausanne, Switzerland (October 5-6, 2016)
  • "'Who is Dante? What is the Comedy?' Infernal Auschwitz, Primo Levi, and Dante", in "Honors English II: Holocaust Literature", Kansas State University (February 5, 2016)
  • "The History of the Italian Language", in "Italian for Travelers", Washburn University (February 4, 2016)
  • "Idiosyncratic Italy and the Proverbial paese", in "Architecture, Planning, and Design 701", Kansas State University (October 20, 2015)
  • "Reseearch: a Medieval Italian Perspective", in "Research in Library and Information Science" (graduate course), Emporia State University (September 20, 2015)
  • "Forma tractatus and forma tractandi in Dante's De vulgari eloquentia", 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 8-11, 2014)
  • "Sotto il segno di Dante: la politica della lingua e la nascita della cultura letteraria", Dartmouth College (January 28, 2014)
  • "Boccaccio e il De vulgari eloquentia", Second Triennial International Boccaccio Conference, ABA, "Boccaccio in Washington, DC", Washington, DC (Oct. 4-6 2013)
  • "'L'arte del dire in rima': Boccaccio and the questione della lingua", Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio (October 2012)
  • "'Accipiendo vel compilando ab aliis': the Anthological De vulgari eloquentia", Student-Faculty Forum, Dept. of French and Italian, Indiana University (March 2011)
  • "Soft Censorship: The Politics of Exclusion and Medieval Italian Literature", Forbidden Ideas: Controversial Modes of Engagement in the Italian Intellectual Tradition, Los Angeles, California (October 2010)

Awards & Honors

  • Andrea McRobbie Fellowship, Medieval Studies, Indiana University
  • Lander MacClintock Award for Outstanding Academic Work in Italian, Indiana University
  • Most Outstanding Associate Instructor of Italian, Indiana University