Major Interests: I'm a native Staten Islander, born and raised. I followed in my mother's and grandfather's footsteps and graduated from NYU undergrad. I majored in Italian Culture and Society and minored in History. My interests were largely focused on Augustinian theology, crusader narratives and Sicilian Greek Orthodoxy. Via crusader and travel literature, I became interested in eastward moving Christianities. Nestorianism in China led me to the missionary ventures of Catholic priests during the Ming Dynasty. I am very interested in the interaction between Catholic and Confucian intellectualism especially with regards to the transmission of Western scientific texts amongst the Chinese literati.