Massimo Riva graduated with a Master in Philosophy from the University of Florence, Italy (1980) and continued his studies in the U.S. where he received his Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Rutgers University in 1986. He has taught at Brown since 1990. Beginning July 1, 2014 and until June 30, 2017, he will be Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence. He is a courtesy member of the Modern Culture and Media Department. Before joining Brown he taught at the University of Sydney (Australia), Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While teaching at Brown, he has been invited as a visiting professor at the University of Bologna and the IULM (University Institute of Modern Languages) of Milan, in Italy, and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, in Mexico City. In 2010, he was Director of Research at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, France. He is the author of four monographs, including, more recently: Pinocchio Digitale. Post-umanesimo e Iper-romanzo (Milan, 2012), and Il futuro della letteratura. L'opera letteraria nell'epoca della sua (ri)producibilità digitale (Naples, 2011). He is the editor or co-editor of three more books, including more recently: Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man. A New Translation and Commentary (Cambridge, 2012, with F. Borghesi and M. Papio, paperback edition 2015) and Renato Poggioli: An Intellectual Biography (Florence, 2012, with R. Ludovico and L. Pertile). He is currently at work on a collection of "epistemological tales," tentatively entitled: Italian Shadows. Casanova's Polemoscope and Other Tales of Imaginary Media, focused on the intersection of literary texts and optical devices in 18th- and 19th-century culture.