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Faculty of Divinity



Doctoral Candidate, PhD in Theology and Religious Studies University of Cambridge. 'Dante's Christological Poetics in Light of Augustine'. Supervisor: Rowan Williams; Giles Waller

MPhil in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion University of Cambridge. 'Universalism in Augustine and Hans Urs von Balthasar'

MA in Italian Studies University of Notre Dame. 'A Rhetoric of Suspension: Rethinking Salvation in the Commedia'

BA in Philosophy & Theology and in Italian Studies University of Notre Dame. 'A Grammar of Certainty: Newman and Wittgenstein on Rationality & Religious Belief'


Systematic Theology Christology; soteriology

Religion and Literature Dante's theology; tragedy

Criminal Justice prison-based education; philosophical & theological critiques of criminal justice


Key publications: 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • 'Notes on Intermedial Essayism: Pirandello's Six Characters as Adapted by Patrick Vassel'. Pirandello Studies 41 (2021): 106–125.
  • 'Predestination in Dante’s Commedia in Light of Augustine'. Literature and Theology 35, no. 2 (June 2021): 178–197.
  • 'In societatem filii eius: Predestination in/as Friendship with God in Thomas Aquinas'. Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 63, no. 1 (2021): 66–85.
  • 'Providence in Ordinary: On Human Language in Giambattista Vico’s The New Science'. Giornale Critico di Storia delle Idee: Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia 2 (2020): 133–149.
  • 'Virgil the Theologian'. Le Tre Corone: Rivista internazionale di studi su Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio 7 (2020): 119–32. 10.19272/202012101007

Non Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • 'A One-way Mirror: Balthasar on Augustine’s Infernalism'. Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics 8 (2021) (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

  • Review of The Judgment of Love: An Investigation of Salvific Judgment in Christian Eschatology, by James M. Matarazzo Jr. Reviews in Religion & Theology 25, no. 5 (December 2021) (forthcoming).
  • Review of Conversion and the Rehabilitation of the Penal System: A Theological Rereading of Criminal Justice, by Andrew Skotnicki. Reviews in Religion & Theology 27, no. 3 (July 2020): 413–6.

Teaching and Supervisions


HM Prison Whitemoor March, Cambridgeshire, UK

  • Literature and Justice: Dante's Divine Comedy. Convener. Organized via Learning Together, University of Cambridge (Easter 2019)

University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana, US

  • Moreau First Year Experience. First Year of Studies (2016–17)
  • Beginning Italian 1. Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (2015–16)

Westville Correctional Facility Westville, Indiana, US

  • Westville Educational Initiative (now Moreau College Initiative). Tutor and Research Assistant (2016–2017)

South Bend Community Re-entry Center | South Bend, Indiana, US

  • Conflict Resolution. Co-instructor (Fall 2016)
  • Peacekeeping Circles. Co-instructor (Fall 2016)

Other Professional Activities

Conference Organizing

  • Co-Organizer, 'Literature Beyond Bars'. Roundtable as part of the 53rd NeMLA (Northeast Modern Languages Association) Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, 10–13.3.22
  • Co-Organizer, 'Reconciliation'. Society of Systematic Theology Post-Graduate Conference, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, 13–15.9.21

Conference Papers

  • Dante’s Theology and Engagement with Dante in Prison. 'A Centenary Celebration of New Voices in UK and Irish Dante Studies', Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, 12–13.11.21
  • Dante’s Divination: Authorship as Theology in the Commedia. Research Seminar, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London, 17.10.21
  • Una metafisica del superfluo: saggismo in Sei Personaggi di Pirandello. 'Letteratura e Potere/Poteri', Associazione degli Italianisti, Università di Catania (virtual), 23–25.9.21
  • A Curious Remark: Wittgenstein and Newman on Certainty. 'John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint', National Institute for Newman Studies & Oriel College, University of Oxford (virtual), 20–22.9.21
  • Augustine at the Heart of Dante’s Poetics. 'The Call of Literature: Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation', the Power of the Word Project (virtual), 28.6–2.7.21
  • Fireside Chat: Reading Dante Behind Bars. Panel with Professors Peter Hawkins, Ronald Herzman, Ronald Jenkins, 'Tra liti sì lontani...Dante for the Americas', Harvard University & the Dante Society of America (virtual), 5–13.05.21
  • Ludic Contingencies: Tragedy as Play in Donald MacKinnon. Theological Ethics Stream, Society for the Study of Theology (virtual), 12–14.4.21

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