Simone Marchesi (M.A. University of Notre Dame, Italian Studies; Ph.D. Princeton University , Comparative Literature) is Associate Professor of French and Italian, and Departmental Representative for FIT. His special interest is in the influence of classical and late-antique Latin works on Italian medieval writers, especially Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Published work includes Stratigrafie decameroniane (Olschki, 2004),Traccia fantasma. Testi e contesti per le canzoni dei Virginiana Miller (Erasmo, 2005), Dante and Augustine: Linguistics Poetics Hermeneutics (Toronto UP, 2011). He is also an active translator of scholarly prose and classical and modern poetry.