Steven Botterill (1958-2018)

Associate Professor of Italian Studies

Steven Botterill passed away on May 5, 2018, at the age of 60. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1986, after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and was an Associate Professor at the time of his death. He published widely on Dante and other aspects of medieval Italian literature.

He was a two-time elected member of the Council of the Dante Society of America, and editor emeritus of the Society’s journal, Dante Studies. A beloved teacher, Professor Botterill covered the spectrum of Italian literature and culture from 1200 to 1500, with occasional forays into the Romantic period, modern poetry, and the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini. A devoted citizen of Cal, he served the university in many important capacities, most recently as Director of the University of California’s Education Abroad Program in Italy for 2015-17. Requiescat in pace.

Read Professor Botterill’s full biography on the campus In Memoriam page here.

For his obituary and guestbook in the San Francisco Chronicle, click here.

Watch Professor Botterill speak about liberal arts education here.

For a complete bibliography of his publications, click here.

botterill_dantede botterill_dantemysticaltradition