Brian Reynolds studied Italian at University College Dublin and did his postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Italian Language and Culture, Fu Jen University, Taipei, where he has worked since 1998. He previously taught in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Università degli studi, Bari, Italy. His research in the last number of years has concentrated on early Italian poetry, especially Dante, and Mariology. He has published extensively on Dante and related topics and on the Virgin Mary.