Federica Brunori Deigan graduated with a "laurea" in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a professional diploma from the School for Interpreters of Rome, and a Ph. D. in Italian Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Italian language, literature, and culture at Hopkins and at the University of Pennsylvania before joining UMD in 2001. She was the recipient of a stipend for seminar work in Italian history from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2003) and the 2005 Flaiano prize for Italian Studies for her book Alessandro Manzoni’s The Count of Carmagnola and Adelchis (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2004). She has contributed articles to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies (NY: Taylor and Francis, 2007) and to the volume Manzoni and the Historical Novel (Toronto: Legas, 2009). She is the co-author of an English edition of The Rules of Riding, first Renaissance manual on horsemanship by Neapolitan Federico Grisone (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming). Her areas of expertise include Italian history and national identity, Italian romanticism, Italian theatre, Italian opera, Italian business culture, Italian women writers (19th and 20th centuries), Italian-English translation, and Anglo-American travelogues and fiction on Italy and the Italians.