Fall 2020 Ph.D. in History – University of Houston
Dissertation Title: The Friendship network of Matilda of Tuscany. Reconstructing Matilda’s Motivation and Ideology through the lens of her individual relationships.
Dissertation awarded “Distinction”
Fields: Medieval History, Roman History, History of Early Modern England, and Art History
April 2008 D.I.T.A.L.S certification – European Union
(Didattica dell’Italiano come Lingua Straniera)
Professional qualification for language instructor
April 1999 Master in Medieval History- University of Florence (Italy)
Thesis Title: ‘Life and business of Niccolò del Buono Busini, a XIII sec. Merchant, seen from his manuscripts’.
April 1999 Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature (Italian) - University of Florence (Italy)
August 2021 – Present University of St. Thomas, Houston
Assistant Professor of European History
January 2021 – University of St. Thomas, Houston
Present Adjunct Professor of World Community I (World Civilization to 1500).
September 2020 – Medieval History Teacher
Present Aquinas High School, Houston
January 2010 – Lone Star College, Montgomery
June 2012 Italian Teacher
September 2008- ENI Petroleum Houston
January 2010 Italian Teacher for ENI employees
Italian – Beginners
Italian – Intermediate
September 2008- Teacher of Italian Language, Literature, and Culture
January 2010 Tolomei Cultural Institute. Italian Language and Culture School – Florence, Italy.
Developed and taught semester-long Italian language courses for American study-abroad students, Benedictine College, Kansas.
• Instructed students from Siberia and Kazakhstan, Akademgorodok, University of Novosibirsk.
• Taught an in-depth didactic course on the Instruction of Italian as a Foreign Language to Italian professors from COASIT Australia.
January - June 2007 The Italian Cultural and Community Center – Houston (TX), USA Italian Teacher
Taught Italian to American students
Taught Italian to American students
Italian language classes range from beginner to advanced level.
2021 “Anselm of Canterbury and Matilda of Tuscany: The Journey of Friendship”, MATILDICA, III, 2020, Journal of AMI-MIA – Matilda of Canossa and Tuscany International Association.
2017 Nihil Terrenum, Nihilque Carnale in Ea: Matilda of Tuscany and Anselm of Lucca during the Investiture Controversy, Storicamente, 13, 31, 2018.
2018 Anselm of Lucca and Anselm of Canterbury: Inhabitants of Two Separate Worlds? St. Anselm of Aosta, Bec, and Canterbury International Conference, University of Houston, in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas.
2015 Matilda of Tuscany and Anselm of Lucca During the Investiture Controversy. 50th International Conference of Institute for Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan.
January 2019 – Editor of MATILDICA, International Journal of the Matilda of
Present Canossa and Tuscany International Association, AMI-MIA.
September 2009- Crossroads Cultural Center Houston
Present Founder and Director of the Houston branch
Created and organized public events
A full account of all events and information about Crossroads Cultural Center can be found at www.crossroadsculturalcenter.org
2018 St. Francis and the Sultan, Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
2016 Giotto and the Arena Chapel, University of St. Thomas, Houston.
2013 Duccio di Buoninsegna and his Maestà, University of St. Thomas, Houston.
2011 The Life of St. Francis of Assisi seen through the lens of the cycle of
The twenty-eight frescoes in the Upper Church of the Basilica of San Francesco in Assis, University of St. Thomas, Houston.
2010 Life and Art of Caravaggio, University of St. Thomas, Houston.
January 2018 - Member of Matilda of Canossa and Tuscany International Association