Anne C. Leone


Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University, 2018-current

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 2013-2018

Associate Director of Italian Studies at Notre Dame, 2012-2018

Postdoctoral Fellow, Notre Dame, 2011-2013


PhD in Italian, University of Cambridge, 2011

MPhil in European Literature and Culture, University of Cambridge, 2005

Final Course Mark: 74 (Distinction/First); Dissertation: 77 (Distinction/First)

BA in Literature (Italian focus) with Distinction, Yale University, 2003


Gates Cambridge Scholarship, 2006-2010 (full funding for PhD living expenses and tuition of £80-100k)

Overseas Research Studentship Award, Cambridge University Trust, 2006-2009 (covers difference in cost of overseas and home fee tuition rates for PhD of ~ £40k)

Osborn Research Studentship, Cambridge, 2006-2009 (full funding for PhD made honorary, due to the Gates award)

Yale Department of Comparative Literature Scholarship for Summer Research (undertaken in Italy), 2002

Scholarship for Summer Research, Timothy Dwight College, Yale University (undertaken in Italy), 2001

Teaching and Research Experience

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, Syracuse University, 2018: Dante’s Inferno (ITA 409) — upper division literature course taught in Italian

Research Assistant Professor, Notre Dame, July 2013-2018:

       Teaching: “Blood: A Cultural History” (spring 2016) – developed and taught course on blood and critical methods of literary analysis; “Passage to Italy” (fall 2016 and 2017) – taught the program’s ‘bridge course’, designed to facilitate the transition from language acquisition to literary analysis in Italian; guest-teaching in various classes; Dante Now – leading Dante workshops for all language-culture students (~300) each year.

      Research: publishing articles on blood, female figures and material culture in Dante; completing monograph on blood throughout Dante’s works; co-editing with Vittorio Montemaggi (Kings College London), Christian Moevs (Notre Dame), and Matthew Treherne (Leeds), a monograph on Dante’s theology.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2011-2012: research, teaching Italian language classes (beginning and intensive), administrative work

Supervisor, Introduction to Italian: Texts and Contexts, Department of Italian, Cambridge University, 2008-2009: texts ranged from medieval to modern period and included diverse media, e.g. film, painting, memoir

Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Dante Studies, University of Leeds, April 2009

Teacher and Managing Director, Saes: Seminar for Advanced English Studies, Cambridge, UK, summer 2010

Violin/Music Teacher: Kent Place School, NJ; The Hudson School, NJ, 2003-2004; freelance, 1996-2004

Math Teacher, Director of Arts, Director of Recruitment, Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, New Haven, CT, 2000-2001

Academic Areas of Interest

Dante; blood, natura and female figures in medieval science, poetry and theology; medieval receptions of the classical tradition; ancient and medieval philosophy, medicine and alchemy; critical theory


“Communal and Economic Implications of Blood in Dante,” Italian Studies, 2 (2016): 1-22

“ ‘Tante voci tra quei bronchi’: Authorial Agency and Textual Borrowing in Inferno XIII,” Le Tre Corone, 2 (2015): 111-30

“Women, War and Wisdom: the 18s,” in Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy, vol. 2 ed. by George Corbett and Heather Webb (Open Book Publishers, 2016), pp.151-71

Near completion –

Dante and Blood in the Medieval Context, monograph based on Doctoral dissertation

In Progress –

Dante’s Theology in Tantur, monograph on theology in Dante, based on Summer Seminar at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, 2012: co-editor with Christian Moevs, Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Treherne

“Hirsute Words: Images of Parchment-making in Dante’s Works”

Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana, invited lecture on Inferno XXII, May 2011 (chapter in volume of series)

“Myrrh, Myrtle, Mary and Myrrha: Classical and Christian Intersections in Dante’s Comedy

Reviews –

The Wings of the Doves: Love and Desire in Dante and Medieval Culture by Elena Lombardi (McGill-Queens University Press, 2012), reviewed in University of Toronto Quarterly, 83:2 (Spring 2014): 537-39

Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry, ed. by Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Treherne (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), reviewed in Medium Aevum, 80:1 (2011): 185

La Metafora in Dante, ed. by Marco Ariani (Olschki, 2008), reviewed in Medium Aevum, 79:1 (2010): 189

Graduate Work –

Doctoral dissertation, supervised by Zygmunt G. Barański at the University of Cambridge: “ ‘Sangue perfetto’: Scientific, Sacrificial and Semiotic Blood in Dante” (made available in Cambridge University Library, 2011)

MPhil dissertation, supervised by Zygmunt G. Barański: “ ‘Uscivan insieme’: Blood and Breath in Dante’s Commedia,” Grade: 77, Distinction/First

Contributed to translation of chapters in Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary, ed. by Paola Nasti and Claudia Rossignoli (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013)

Invited Public Lectures

“What’s Wrong With This Picture? Readings Dante’s Hell,” Public Lecture with Theodore Cachey and Christian Moevs for Dante Now! A Divine Comedy Flashmob, Notre Dame, October 2014-2017

“Economic and Communal Implications of Blood in Dante,” Italian Research Seminar, Notre Dame, August 2015

“Why Dante?” A Panel Discussion with Zyg Barański, Christian Moevs, Vittorio Montemaggi and Anne Leone, Notre Dame, October 2015

“Sloth, Seduction, and Song: Inferno XVIII, Purgatorio XVIII, Paradiso XVIII,” Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy, University of Cambridge, October 2014, recorded and published online

“Theological Implications of Blood of in the Commedia,” public lectures on “Dante’s Theology in Poetry Practice and Society,” Notre Dame London Global Gateway, June 2013, organized by Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies

“Distillation and Digestion in Dante,” Italian Research Seminar, Notre Dame, April 2013

Lectura Dantis, University of St Andrews, filmed and broadcast public lecture on Inferno XXII, May 2011

“Potentiality in the Commedia and Convivio,” Italian Research Seminar, Cambridge, March 2011

“Blood, Breath, Seeds and Song: Fertile Wounds,” Queens Arts Seminar, University of Cambridge, October 2009

“Christ and Language in Dante,” Joint Presentation with Vittorio Montemaggi, Italian Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2008

Conference Participation and Presented Papers

Invited discussant at Notre Dame’s Spring Seminar, “France and Dante’s Florence,” Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, 2018

Invited discussant at Notre Dame’s Spring Seminar, “Dante and Brunetto Latini (and Bono Giamboni)”, Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, 2017 (unable to attend)

Invited discussant at Notre Dame’s Spring Seminar, “Two Days in Paradise,” Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, 2016

“Blood in Dante: Violence, Sacrifice, Redemption,” American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2016

“Blood in Dante and Medieval Science,” The Blood Conference: Theories of Blood in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Culture, St Anne’s College, Oxford, January 2014

Discussant at Notre Dame’s Spring Seminar, “Dante’s Intellectual Formation,” Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, March 2014

“Perverted Incarnation in Inferno XIII,” International Summer Seminar on Dante’s Theology, Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, June 2013

“Seeds of Sin and Goodness: Human Nature in Convivio,” 48th Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2013

“Scriptural Allusions in Inferno XIII,” American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Eugene, OR, April 2013

Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy, leader of teleconference workshop on Inferno IV, January 2013

“Blood and Smoke: Perversions of Nature in the Commedia,” American Association of Italian Studies Conference, May 2012

“Sacrifice in Latin Epics & Dante’s Commedia,” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2010

“L’ardor del sacrificio,” Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega, Yale, 2010 (invited but unable to attend conference)

“Violent Inspiration: the Figure of Marsyas in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Dante’s Paradiso,” Seminar at the Centre for Dante Studies, University of Leeds, April 2009

“An Introduction to Blood in Dante,” Dante Salon, University of Leeds, April 2009

“Blood as Literary Influence and Literal Genealogy: Dante on His Poetic Predecessors,” 26th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium: Authority and the Book in Medieval Culture, April 2009 (invited, unable to attend)

Joint Session of the Early, Central and Medieval Workshops, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge: panel discussion on blood in the Middle Ages, February 2009

“Conception in the Commedia,” Joint Postgraduate Training Program (partnership of the Italian Departments of the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Reading, Royal Holloway and University College London), March 2007

Academic Leadership at Notre Dame

Associate Director of Italian Studies at Notre Dame, 2012-current: managing the operations of two Programs (Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies) which requires events-planning (of lecture series, public performances, guest speaker visits, international conferences/seminars/teleconferences/workshops); managing financial matters (including budget planning); administrating fellowships for graduate students and faculty; developing and managing research initiatives and collaborations; community engagement; outreach; managing PR and communications (including websites, digital and print publications, annual reports); supervising temporary employees; initiating programs to facilitate student recruitment and increase enrollment; managing relationships with donors and alumni; writing annual reports; developing the Italian Program into a Center; liaising with institutes, departments and offices at Notre Dame, with Notre Dame’s Global Gateways and with other universities in the US, the Europe and Asia to develop programs, organize events, start new research initiatives

Coordinator, with Zygmunt Barański (ND Professor of Dante & Italian Studies; Emeritus Professor, Cambridge), of the Italian Research Seminar (annual series of about ten lectures a year by leading scholars from around the world)

Coordinator, with Zygmunt Barański, of “Dante’s Other Works”: a year-long lecture series at Notre Dame by renowned visiting scholars (from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge) on Dante’s “minor” works, throughout 2015

Coordinator of inaugural annual Ravarino Lecture, by Lino Pertile (Harvard), and Dean McGreevy, March 2017

Founding organizer, and annual leader/coordinator, of Dante Now! A Divine Comedy Flashmob: an innovative annual outreach and recruitment event which trains ~300 students, alumni and members of the community to perform excerpts from Dante’s Comedy in various locations around campus before football games, 2012-current

Organizer and Performer, Voci italiane: a novel initiative started by the Italian Program at Notre Dame whereby students organize a live performance of Italian songs and historical reflections, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Coordinator, with the Office of Development, of events to show appreciation for our donors during their visits

Coordinator of Theatre and Politics in the Early Modern Age, a conference at Notre Dame, April 2017

Coordinator of the launch of the donation and establishment of the best Italian film collection in North America, the Christopher G. Wagstaff Collection, April 2017

Lead ND Organizer of Research Initiatives with Tier-One Institutions

Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy: teleconferenced workshop series with the University of Cambridge and the University of Leeds, 2012-2016

Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova: a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Notre Dame, University of Oxford, University of Reading, and the University of Warwick

Coordinator of Research Initiatives at Notre Dame’s Global Gateways

At the Rome Global Gateway —

Ireland and Italy: Intersections,” organized with Barry McCrea, and the Keough-Nauton Institute for Irish Studies (co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute of European Culture), June 2017

“Rome and the Jubilee,” organized with Ingrid Rowland (ND School of Architecture), Margaret Meserve (Associate Dean, Arts and Letters, ND), June 2016

“Philology Among the Disciplines,” with the Department of Classics and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, June 2015

American Catholicism in a World Made Small,” organized with Kathleen Cummings, Director of the Cushwa Center, June 2014

Reconsidering Dante and Brunetto Latini (and Bono Giamboni)”, a seminar and conference featuring scholars from Germany, Italy, the US and the UK, May 2017

“Two Days in Paradise”: a seminar and conference featuring scholars from Germany, Italy, the US and the UK, May 2016

“Dante’s Intellectual Formation”: a conference at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, March 2014

At the London Global Gateway –

“Dante’s Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society”: conference sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, June 2013

At Tantur Ecumenical Institute –

Dante’s Theology: An International Summer Seminar, Jerusalem, June 2013

Teaching/Research Collaborations at Notre Dame

Invited to give guest lectures on Inferno XIII, Inferno XVIII, Purgatorio III, and Purgatorio XXV in Zyg Barański’s Dante course, 2014-2017

Lecture on Intertextuality in Dante, Azareen Oloomi’s graduate seminar (Department of English), September 2014

Guest lecture on Inferno XXII-XXIII, Christian Moevs’ Dante course, November 2014

Invited discussant at the NDIAS, presentation by Vittorio Montemaggi, September 2014

Guest instructor, Theodore Cachey’s first year seminar on Dante’s Inferno, April 2014

Guest lecture on Purgatorio III, Zygmunt Barański’s Dante course, Notre Dame, October 2011-2013

Leader of annual workshops for Dante Now!: train participants to perform readings of Dante’s Comedy, 2012-2017


Practice interviewer and application advisor for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Truman and Fulbright applicants, 2013-2017 (since I began, 3 students received Rhodes, record numbers Fulbrights, Trumans & Gates)

Endorsement Committee for Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell candidates, 2014

Advise informally former and current students about graduate school; write letters of recommendation for graduate school and study abroad programs, fall 2011-2017

Committee for Development of Internship Opportunities for Notre Dame study abroad students in Rome, 2013

Member of the Inaugural Title IX Faculty Ambassador Program, hosted in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Equity and the Gender Relations Center (due to start in 2017)

Review articles submitted for publication in journals

Public Relations Management at Notre Dame

Manage the Italian Studies at Notre Dame website

Manage the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies website; worked with a team to design and upload a new website for the Program, 2014-2015

Publish and distribute digital announcements on list-serves, electronic databases, websites, and online calendars

Oversee design, content and dissemination of printed publicity materials for ISND-sponsored events and programs

With Ted Cachey & the ND Communications Office, facilitated production and publication of Roman Walks: nine walking tours of Rome, designed and contextualized with historical research by Chiara Sbordoni, 2013-2014

Manage email accounts for the Rome Seminar and Italian Studies at Notre Dame

Manage relationships with alumni of Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the Devers Program

Write annual reports for the Devers Dante Program and Italian Studies at Notre Dame


Organizer of Dante Now!: A Divine Comedy Flashmob (outreach to the Michiana community, Notre Dame alumni, visitors for football weekends, undergraduate students, faculty and staff from various departments)

Developed recruitment strategy to attract high school students around the US to the Italian Program

Currently developing an alumni database of former students and faculty of the Italian Program

Developed and implemented a graduate exchange program for graduate students at the University of Cambridge and Notre Dame, 2012-current

Coordinate ISND’s involvement in the Opera del vocabolario dictionary project

Financial Management at Notre Dame

Manage budgets for Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies

Manage payment of both Programs’ expenses: file travel reimbursements for guest speakers, conference participants and graduate students (who receive research awards); manage payment of honoraria, consulting fees and other expenses (catering, meals, travel, lodging, publicity, venue/room reservations, etc.)

Supervise temporary employees’ work and payment

Set up fellowship programs for research in Italy, with Silvia Dall’Olio (Executive Director, Rome Global Gateway)

Manage existing fellowships with Tracy Bergstrom (Director, Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Libraries)

Administrative and Research Experience Previous to Current Academic Position

External Relations Manager: Development, Academy of Ancient Music, Cambridge, UK: events-planning, managing donor relationships, 2011

President and Co-Founder with writer Kevin Jackson of the Sidney Sussex Vampire Seminar, a film and lecture series featuring renowned guests Sir Christopher Frayling, Kim Newman and Matt Thorne, et al., 2006-2010

International Students Officer, MCR, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 2008-2009

Events Coordinator, MCR (Graduate Student Society), Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 2007-2008

Research Assistant, Department of Peace Studies, Colgate University, 2005-2006

Founder, Director and Coordinator of the Proserpina Music Festival, Sicily, 2004

Research Assistant to Professor of Archaeology, Rebecca Miller Ammerman of Colgate University, Paestum, 2003

Organizer and performer, Chenango Summer Music Festival, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2000 and 2002

Legal Research Assistant, American Civil Liberties Union: Drug Policy Litigation Project, New Haven, CT, 2001-2002: worked on Board of Education v. Earls, 122 S.Ct. 2559, United States Supreme Court, Washington DC

Research Assistant, Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, CA, March 2002

Independent Research: Save the Lake Movement, Enna, Sicily, 2001: research on political environmental activism

Research Assistant, Office of Mr. Robert Mann, Criminal Defense Attorney, Providence, RI, March 2000