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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'. Supervisor: Rowan Williams

MA in Italian Studies University of Notre Dame. 'A Rhetoric of Suspension: Rethinking Salvation in Dante's Commedia'. Supervisor: Vittorio Montemaggi 

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


Systematic Theology | Christology; soteriology; justice and mercy

Religion and Literature | Dante's theology; theology and tragedy

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


Key publications: 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

'Providence in Ordinary: On Human Language in Giambattista Vico’s The New Science'. Giornale Critico di Storia delle Idee: Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia (2021) (forthcoming).

'Notes on Intermedial Essayism: Pirandello's Six Characters as Adapted by Patrick Vassel'. Pirandello Studies 41 (2021) (forthcoming).

'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.

'Virgil the Theologian'. Le Tre Corone: Rivista internazionale di studi su Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio 7 (2020): 119–32. 10.19272/202012101007

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 (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.

'Reality Theater: Staging Film in the University of Notre Dame’s Six Characters in Search of an Author'. The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, 27 (2014): 125–8.

Other publications: 

'Universalism and Method'. Norrisian Prize (2020-21) for an essay on a subject relating to Christian Doctrine or Systematic Theology. Awarded by the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Canto per Canto: Conversations with Dante in Our Time. Contributor. NYU Department of Italian Studies

ThinkLets. Contributor. Learning Together, University of Cambridge.

'Reflection: On Running'. Trinity College Cambridge (21 December 2020)

'Prison reform – lessons from the Inferno'. The Tablet (2 July 2020). Featured in 'The Power of Love: In the wake of 29.11.2019', as part of the Museum of Cambridge Digital Exhibition, 'Drawing the edges: Arts in Prisons'

'Why protesting injustice is a fundamentally Christian act'. America Magazine (2 July 2020)

'Zen and the Rich Young Man'. Church Life Journal (14 November 2018)

'Religion and the Arts: Augustine’s Netflix'. Church Life Journal (28 March 2017)

'Religion and the Arts: Wheelbarrows, Boots, and the Breath of Life'. Church Life Journal (14 February 2017)

Teaching and Supervisions


HM Prison Whitemoor | March, Cambridgeshire, UK

  • Literature and Justice: Dante's Divine Comedy. Convener and Lecturer. Organized via Learning Together, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Spring 2019

University of Notre Dame | Notre Dame, Indiana, US

  • Moreau First Year Experience. Instructor. University of Notre Dame, First Year of Studies, 2016–17
  • Beginning Italian 1. Instructor. University of Notre Dame, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 2015–16

Rome Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame | Rome, Italy

  • Rome: History, Culture, Experience. Lecturer and Language Instructor. Summer 2017

Westville Correctional Facility | Westville, Indiana, US

  • Westville Educational Initiative (now Moreau College Initiative). Writing 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, 10–13 March 2022, Baltimore, Maryland

Co-Organizer, 'Reconciliation'. Society of Systematic Theology (SST) Post-Graduate Conference 2021, 13–15 September, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Selected Lecture & Conference Presentations

'A Curious Remark: Wittgenstein and Newman on Certainty'. Conference paper to be delivered virtually at 'John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint', hosted at the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and co-sponsored by Oriel College, University of Cambridge; the National Institute for Newman Studies; the University Church of St Mary the Virgin; and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, 20–22 September, 2021

'Augustine at the Heart of Dante’s Poetics'. Conference paper to be delivered at 'The Call of Literature: Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation', at the Power of the Word International Conference, Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 28 June–2 July 2021

'Fireside Chat: Reading Dante Behind Bars'. Panel discussion with Professors Ronald Jenkins and Ronald Herzman about studying Dante with prison-based students, as part of the virtual conference, 'Tra liti sì lontani...Dante for the Americas', hosted by Harvard University and the Dante Society of America, 5–13 May 2021

'Ludic Contingencies: Tragedy as Play in Donald MacKinnon.' Conference paper delivered virtually at the Society for the Study of Theology annual conference, Theological Ethics Stream, 12–14 April 2021

'Meta-Theater of Contempt: Subverting Courtly Authority in Pietro Aretino’s Il Marescalco'. Conference paper delivered virtually for 'Italian Theatre and its Publics: 1500–Present', as part of the Northeast Modern Language Association annual convention, 11–14 March 2021

'Predestination to Eternal Friendship? Reviewing Aquinas’s Scriptural Commentaries'. Conference paper delivered virtually at 'Hope and Death: Christian Responses', Ave Maria University, 11–13 February 2021

'Towards an Epistemology of Tears in Dante’s Earthly Paradise'. Conference paper delivered at 'Philosophy and the Divine Comedy', Villanova University, 14–15 November 2019

'Newman’s Apologia'. Invited public lecture for the Hues of Faith Lecture Series, Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy, 29 October 2019

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