Expertise: French and Italian

Research areas

  • Baroque and early modern literature in Italy
  • 20th- and 21st-century popular culture
  • Tabletop board games
  • Military simulations

My research focuses on a range of topics from Italian culture of the Baroque period, to American comics, military history and theory, and gaming culture.

I have taught both in Italy and in the U.S., developing courses on Baroque literature, 17th- and 18th-century theater, the art of war and the art of wargaming, Italian migrations, history and theory of the superhero genre, detectives and spies in fiction, and theories and practices of conflict and cooperation.


  • 17th Century
  • Italy
  • Literature
European Studies, Italian, French
PhD, Harvard University, Romance Languages and Literatures, 2006
PhD, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, Italian, 2004
BA, Università di Pisa, History of Literary Criticism, 2000