I have taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 1991. I hold a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Indiana University. My primary scholarly field is medieval Italian literature--Dante above all--with a secondary interest in modern Italian authors, particularly Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco. In addition to articles, book-essays, and reviews, I have published three books: Divine Dialectic: Dante's Incarnational Poetry (Toronto, 2000), Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Inferno" (Chicago, 2007), and The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Divine Comedy" (Chicago, 2009). I won a gold award for innovative instructional technology with my Danteworlds Web site and have received a number of other awards and fellowships, including a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award and a Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship. For a book-in-progress on Dante's graveyard history, I won a Humanities Research Award from the University of Texas and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have been interviewed for articles in Investor's Business Daily, Slate, and The Atlantic.
Read my essay, "What the Head of Hiring at Google Doesn't Understand About Skills," in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Take a multimedia journey--combining textual commentary, artistic images, and audio recordings--through the three realms of Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. The Danteworlds Web site contains, in addition to an abridged version of the original commentary in The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy and Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno, Italian recordings of selected verses and a vast gallery of images depicting characters and scenes from the Divine Comedy.
Danteworlds is "an invaluable resource for specialists and novices alike," writes E. S. Hierl (Harvard University) in Choice Reviews Online, "the sort of multimedia experience that those in the digital humanities strive for." The subject of an interview on the home page of the University of Texas at Austin, Danteworlds was selected for inclusion on EDSITEment as "one of the best online resources for education in the humanities," and was featured in the literary blogs of the New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times.