Jason Houston

Associate Professor, Italian

780 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019-2038
Kaufman Hall 121
(405) 325-2428
        University of Oregon, BA, Italian and Humanities(1997)
        Yale University- M.Phil, Medieval Studies(2000)
        Yale University- Ph.D, Italian(2003)
        Dante Alighieri
        Giovanni Boccaccio
        Early Italian Humanism


I joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 2003 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian and was promoted to Assistant Professor in Fall of 2004. In the Spring of 2010 I was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. After completing my undergraduate degree in Medieval Studies and Italian Language and Literature at the University of Oregon in 1997, I went on to earn a M. Phil in Medieval Studies in 2001 and a Ph.D in Italian Language and Literature, both from Yale University. My area of research interest is Italian Literature of the Medieval and Renaissance period with special attention to Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarca and the foundation of Florentine Humanism.  I was elected the Secretary of the American Boccaccio Association. I am currently an Editor of the online journal The Medieval Review (https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3631)


My monograph Building a Monument to Dante: Boccaccio as Dantista was published with University of Toronto Press (read more here). I am editing a co-translating a volume titled Shorter Latin Works of Giovanni Boccaccio for Harvard University Press, I Tatti Renaissance Library series, and I am editing the volume Decameron Fifth Day in Perspective with University of Toronto Press. I have published articles and reviews in Forum Italicum, Heliotropia, Dante Studies, Rivista di Studi Italiani, Speculum and Studi sul Boccaccio, and I have contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Women and Gender in the Middle Ages, and Oxford Bibliographies of the Renaissance and Reformation