I received my Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Bologna (2006-9), while also completing a year long Erasmus exchange at UCL (2008-9). After an MA degree in Ancient History at UCL (2009-10), I returned to Bologna for a second MA degree in Classics (2012). I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, US (2011-2017). During my doctoral studies, I held various research grants that supported my travels to Jesuit archives at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá (Summer 2013), at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito (Summer 2014), at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana and the Jesuit Roman archive (ARSI), Rome (Summer 2015). I was a visiting PhD researcher in the Classics department at King’s in the Spring 2017. I (re-)joined the Classics department at KCL as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in October 2017.
- Jesuit Rhetoric in Colonial South America
- The Reception of Biblical and Patristic sources, especially Augustine, in Jesuit Neo-Latin texts
- Early Christianity and its reception of classical antiquity
As a graduate in Classics and Comparative Literature, I specialised in Jesuit reception of patristic traditions in colonial Latin America. My doctoral thesis,Prophets of a New Israel – Jesuit Rhetoric in the New World, explored the influence of Augustinian theories of education in Jesuit vernacular sermons.
The extensive archival research performed during my doctoral studies has lead me to the discovery of largely ignored manuscripts, which include examples of a distinctive kind of Latin Jesuit meditation. Following my interests in the history and reception of classical ideas in the New World, my post-doctoral work will focus on the literary and theological interest of these scriptural meditations, and on the significant extent to which they reflect the cultural practices of the indigenous communities to whom the Jesuits were preaching.
I taught a variety of courses on Latin Languages and Literature, Greek and Roman History and Culture in the Classics department at the University of Notre Dame.
I also created and taught my own module on the reception of the classical ideal of hero in early Modern European Literature.
Expertise and public engagement
I participated in panel discussions following the screening of Martin Scorsese’s movie “Silence” (2016) as an expert on Church-State relationships in the colonial times. I have created and taught a three-week seminar on colonial Jesuits for high school students in Italy (2015). I have volunteered as a teacher in a kindergarten and elementary school in Quito as part of a humanitarian project on education and mission (2014).
- Prophets of a New Israel – Jesuit Rhetoric in the New World (in progress)
- "Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything (AP Moses 6): how the physical environment shaped the spiritual engagement of the first Egyptian monks." Proceedings of the XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August 2015, in Studia Patristica,Louven: Peeters, December 2017
- Review of R. Maryks, Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness. Boston: Brill, 2016, in Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu (AHSI), Rome, January 2017
- Review of M. Saulini, Bernardino Stefonio SJ. Un gesuita sabino nella storia del teatro. Espera, 2015, in AHSI, Rome, July 2016