I have an MA in Modern European Languages from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Leeds. Before joining the University of Manchester in 2007, I was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Italian Studies and New Media at Brown University, USA (2001-2003), and also taught at Harvard University during my time in America. I held a Centre for the History of the Book postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2004, and lectured in Italian at Cardiff University from 2005 to 2007.
Since September 2014 I have been Academic Lead for Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Humanities, becoming founding Director of the University's Centre for Digital Humanities in 2018. I am now Scientific and Digital Lead for the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
Editorial Board, Modern Languages Open (Digital Modern Languages), 2019-
Advisory Board, Book History, 2018-
Humanities and Data Science group, Alan Turing Institute, 2018-
Worldwide Advisory Board, Virtual Humanities Lab, Brown University, 2013-
Reviews Editor, Italian Studies, 2007-2013
Co-editor, New Readings, 2005-2007
Editorial Board, Heliotropia, 2003-05
Editorial Board, Decameron Web, 2001-03
My teaching reflects my research interests in Italian medieval literature, the history of the book and media studies, and translation, with an emphasis on new media technologies. I teach on various language and cultural courses within the Italian department and wider School, including postgraduate medieval studies and book history modules, and currently offer an Italian Level 2 module on Renaissance Florence, and Level 3 module on book history approaches to Dante's Divine Comedy.
I am currently involved in the supervision for five PhDs in the fields of comparative Dante studies, book history, Venetian print culture, early modern French philosophical thought, and digital museology. I have also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in medieval studies, translation studies, photography, popular music, and modern Italian narrative.
I am available to supervise doctoral research in any of my areas of expertise, especially textual and media studies, Boccaccio and Italian premodern literature, and translation and media.