Akash Kumar

TitleVisiting Assistant Professor of Literature
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department
AffiliationsLiterature Department,
Italian Studies
Office229 Cowell
Office HoursTuesday and Wednesday 10 AM-12 PM, or by appointment
Campus Mail StopCowell Academic Services
Akash Kumar

Biography, Education and Training

Akash Kumar is Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Associate Editor of Digital Dante, having served as Managing Editor from 2014-2016. He earned his BA in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Italian and Comparative Literature from Columbia in 2013. Akash’s research centers on the importing of science and philosophy in the early Italian lyric and Dante and on the implications of intercultural mingling in the Italian Middle Ages. He has published in the journal Textual Cultures and the Literary Encyclopedia, in the volume Eternity: A History (Oxford University Press, 2016), and has forthcoming pieces in the journal Pedagogy and in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Akash is currently working on his first book, Dante’s Elements: Translation and Natural Philosophy from Giacomo da Lentini to the Comedy and collaborating with Richard Lansing (Brandeis University) on the first complete English translation of Giacomo da Lentini’s poetry.

Courses Taught

Lit 114C: Dante's Divine Comedy
Lit 189B: Corpi Celesti: Italian Literature and the Sciences
Lit 160F: Games in Medieval Literature