I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and currently a Dissertation Year Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2009. I completed a Master’s degree in Ancient History at University College London (UK) in 2010. I received a cond MA degree in Philology, Literature and Classical Traditions at the University of Bologna in 2012. I expect to graduate from my Ph.D. in May 2017.
For my dissertation research, I focus on Jesuit preaching manuals written in Colonial Latin America, with particular emphasis on the reception of biblical and patristic sources. My dissertation offers a comparative study that accounts for the impact that the missionary experience had in shaping Jesuit rhetoric in the New World. It investigates Jesuit reception of biblical figures and tropes through both early Christian and modern sources, and argues that such characters were used by the Jesuits to construct a transnational symbology for the creation of a new Christian society in the New World.
In order to pursue this project, I was recipient of various grants from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, supporting archival research in Rome (Italy), at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Quito).