David Wallace is Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania. He was Chair of English 2001–4 and Interim Chair of Romance Languages, 2005–6; he served as President of the New Chaucer Society from 2004–6 and served on the Program Committee for the 2010 (Siena) meeting. In Spring 2007 he was Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, and in Spring 2008 Bain-Swiggett Professor of Poetry at Princeton. He was in 2010 Roberta and Stanley Bogen Visiting Professor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
He is a medievalist who looks forward to the early modern period; he works on English and Italian matters (and is a member of the Center for Italian Studies) with additional interests in French, German, women's writing, romance, "discovery" of the Americas and the history of slavery, and Europe.
- Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn, Oxford 2004;
- The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s Writing, Eds. Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace, Cambridge 2003;
- The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, ed. David Wallace, Cambridge 1999;
- Medieval Crime and Social Control, Eds. Barbara A. Hanawalt and David Wallace (Medieval Cultures 16), Minneapolis 1998;
- Chaucerian Polity: Absolutist Lineages and Associational Forms in England and Ital, Stanford 1997;
- Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-Century England, Eds. Barbara A. Hanawalt and David Wallace (Medieval Cultures 9), Minneapolis 1996;
- Giovanni Boccaccio: Decameron, Landmarks of World Literature Series, Cambridge 1991;
- Chaucer and the Early Writings of Boccaccio (Chaucer Studies XII), Cambridge 1985.