Massimo Ciavolella studied at the Universities of Bologna, Rome, and British Columbia, where he received his Ph.D. in classical, medieval and Renaissance studies. He taught for many years at Carleton University (Ottawa) and at the University of Toronto before coming to his present positions as Professor and Chair, Department of Italian, and Professor of Comparative Literature and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has served on departmental and university-wide P&T committees, has directed and served on many advanced thesis committees, and has taught a wide range of courses, including ones on Italian Renaissance and “the Classical Tradition.” Over the years, he has won academic fellowships and grants, has organized and read papers at a great number of international conferences, and served on the board of several academic books, journals and series. He has read papers at many academic conferences, and has written widely on his areas of specialization. His editorial positions include co-editing the “Carleton Renaissance Plays in Translation” series, the series “Major Italian Authors” published at the University of Toronto Press, as well as the “Italian Series” for the same Press. He was the co-founder and co-editor (1970-1991) of Quaderni d'italianistica (the official journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies), and he is currently co-editor with Professor Luigi Ballerini of the University of Toronto Press’ “Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library,” a collection that will include 100 Italian major texts in English translation. Author of a broad stream of articles, reviews, encyclopaedia and dictionary entries, etc., he has also written and co-edited several books, including La malattia d'amore dall'antichità al Medioevo (Rome: Bulzoni, 1976); Saturn from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Ottawa: Dovehouse, 1992); Eros and Anteros: Medicine and the Literary Traditions of Love in the Renaissance (Ottawa: Dovehouse, 1993); Scrittori, tendenze letterarie e conflitto delle poetiche in Italia (1960-1990). (Ravenna: Longo, 1993); Italian Studies in North America (Ottawa, Dovehouse, 1994); La lotta con Proteo. 2 volumes (Florence: Cadmo, 2001); Ariosto Today. Contemporary Perspectives (TorontoUniversity Press, 2003); and Culture and Authority in the Baroque (Toronto University Press, 2005).