Giovanni received his B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. At the same university he earned his M.A. in Sociology with the thesis “Aromatización generalizada y efectos de trascendencia mediante objetos fragantes”. He is currently a Ph.D. student focusing on Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature, with a Minor in Renaissance Studies.
His theoretical interests include approaches to the materiality of life, gender studies, literary realism, and enactive cognition. Giovanni explores the ways in which associations between femininity and materiality across Western thought were often both identified and debased, and, specifically, how this relation was provocatively and originally reworked in La Celestina. Finally, he is interested in examining the different ways in which subsequent literary works in the 16th and early 17th centuries recast the celestinesque treatment of feminine materiality.