Anne Leone is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Syracuse University where she teaches medieval Italian literature and culture in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Her current research project investigates the issue of blood in Dante and medieval culture, and her monograph, Dante and Blood in the Medieval Context, is soon to appear. Other research interests include Dante’s treatment of female figures, the issue of nature in medieval culture, and intersections between theological, metaliterary and medical issues in Dante’s works. Her work has appeared in Le Tre Corone, Italian Studies and a volume published by Open Book Publishers. She earned her BA from Yale College, and her doctorate from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Scholar. Prior to joining the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at SU, she was the Associate Director of Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a singer and a violinist, and she likes to integrate her musical interests with language pedagogy whenever possible.