Vittorio Montemaggi

Academic Director


Vittorio Montemaggi is the Academic Director at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway and the Director of the Von Hugel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St. Edmund's College Cambridge. Vittorio previously served on the faculty at Notre Dame between 2009 and 2017, and most recently as a Lecturer in Religion at King's College London. His interests include the relationship between literary and theological reflection, the relationship between language, truth and love, and the interconnections between the question of the relationship between theism and atheism and that of the relationship between tragedy and comedy. His research to date has focused primarily on the works of Dante and Primo Levi, while his comparative interests also entail exploration of the works Augustine, Gregory the Great, Aquinas, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky and Roberto Benigni.

Professor Montemaggi is co-editor of Dante's Commedia: Theology as Poetry (2010), and the author of ten essays on Dante's Commedia and on the relationship between Dante's Commedia and the works of Primo Levi and Roberto Benigni. He is also the former recipient of a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge. Currently a member of the advisory board of Leeds Studies in Dante and a member of the Council of the Dante Society of America, Professor Montemaggi is also currently a Senior Member of Robinson College at Cambridge University and a Faculty Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.