Professor Essary completed his PhD in Italian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. His dissertation title was "The Economy and Parody of Matrimony in Boccaccio’s Decameron," and reflects several research interests: Boccaccio, the Decameron, and matrimony in medieval and early modern Italy. In addition, he studies, writes on, and loves teaching the lives and works of Dante and Petrarch.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doctor of Philosophy in Italian Studies, August 2012
Dissertation: The Economy and Parody of Matrimony in Boccaccio’s Decameron
Master of Arts in Italian Studies, May 2009
Thesis: Religious Parody and the Economy of Significance in Decameron Day Five
Bachelor of Arts in History, May 2007