Jo Ann Cavallo

Professor of Italian


Professor Cavallo has been on the faculty of Columbia's Department of Italian since 1988. Her field of specialization is the Renaissance romance epic (primarily Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso). Other courses she has taught in the department include Petrarch and Boccaccio, fifteenth century civic humanism and Neoplatonism, Machiavelli, Castiglione, the history of the Italian language, Italian cinema, allegorical literature, political literature, and forgotten best-sellers of the Renaissance. In 1995, she founded the Columbia University Summer Program in Scandiano, which she directed for seven consecutive years. She has taught Literature Humanities regularly since 1993 and more recently has team-taught the two-semester interdisciplinary colloquium "Nobility and Civility."