I am an Italian Canadian scholar, a poet and Full Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Ottawa, where I direct the Italian Program. In April 2016, I became President of the Canadian Association of Italian Studies.


I have a laurea in political philosophy from the University of Venice, where I graduated cum laude with Professor Alessandro Biral as a supervisor. I also have an MA in medieval history and a PhD in Italian literature from the University of Illinois, with Antonino Musumeci as an advisor. My research interests concentrate on the crossroad of literature, philosophy and politics.


I published a monograph entitled Marco Paolini. A Deep Map (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003).

I published published three poetry collections: Tigers and the CEO (Guernica, Fall 2014), Exhale, Exale, (Guernica, 2010) and Taprobana Tea (Campanotto, Udine 2010). I have widely published on Renaissance and contemporary literature and am presently working on a manuscript on political theater and on another one on possible worlds.

With Patrizia Piredda, I have published and edited on ethics and theater: La dimensione etica nel teatro italiano contemporaneo (Napoli, Guida, 2018).

With Charles Klopp, I co-edited Cronache dal cielo stretto (Forum, 2013), on writers of the Italian Northeast. I also co-edited Mediterranoesis, on the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


For most of the year I live in Ottawa, Canada.