Nicolino Applauso is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Loyola University Maryland and Lecturer of Italian, Spanish, and Latin at Morgan State University. Professor Applauso received a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures in 2010 from the University of Oregon and specializes in Dante and medieval invective poetry as well as contemporary Italian history and culture. He has published several book chapters, scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries and has one forthcoming book on Dante and medieval comic Italian literature [Dante’s Comedy and the Ethics of Invective in Medieval Italy: Humor and Evil] and a co-edited volume with Fabian Alfie on Dante and satire [Dante satiro: Satire in Dante Alighieri’s Comedy and Other Works] and with Mario Mignone is the co-author of the 4th edition of Italy Today: Changes and Challenges in the 21st Century after the Global Financial Crisis. He is currently completing a monograph on the history of Italians in Baltimore and Maryland from the Colonial Era to our modern days. Professor Applauso has been teaching Italian language, history and cinema courses at various universities across the U.S.A., and is regularly invited to lecture in Italy, Europe, and in the U.S. sponsored by various Italian and U.S. universities. His research has been published in the U.S., Italy, England, Germany, and in the Netherlands. His main research interests pertain to Dante and Medieval Studies, political satire, contemporary Italian history and music, ethics, and politics.