Theodore Cachey Jr.
Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies
Theodore J. Cachey Jr. specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature. His work focuses primarily on Dante, Petrarch, and the history of Italian language and travel writing. Furthermore, Cachey founded and co-edits the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies with Christian R. Moevs, which is published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
Cachey boasts many publications as either author or editor, including Le isole fortunate; appunti di storia letteraria italiana; Pigafetta's First Voyage Around the World; Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studie; Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land, Le culture di Dante, Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition, as well as essays and book chapters in Annali d'Italianistica, Belfagor, Intersezioni, The History of Cartography, Modern Language Notes, Schede umanistiche, and Rivista di letteratura italiana. He also serves as executive director of the ItalNet Consortium which works towards the creation of internet resources in Italian studies.
Mimi Ravarino and her late mother Helen established an endowed directorship for the Italian Studies at Notre Dame Program in 2000. In 2008 Mimi established an endowment for excellence in honor of her parents Helen M. and Albert J. Ravarino, which funds key initiatives in support of Italian Studies, including extensive support for Notre Dame students and faculty to study in Italy. The William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, established in 1995 through a generous benefaction from the Devers family, also supports programmatic initiatives and student assistantships in collaboration with Italian Studies at Notre Dame.