Dr Francis Tobienne Jr is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Keiser University, USA, and Senior Research Fellow at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, USA. He completed his PhD at Purdue University, USA, in 2013. His main academic focus covers the fields of literary studies, literary theory, medieval and renaissance studies, philosophy and (bio-)ethics, intellectual history, religious studies, cultural studies and travel theory.
He has written a number of books, including The Position of Magic In Selected Medieval Spanish Texts (CSP, 2008), Occultus: the Hidden and Macabre in Literature and Film (Cognella, 2016), Mandeville's Travails: Merging Travel, Theory and Commentary (U. of Delaware, 2016) and has written over 40 articles, book chapters, short stories, essays and poems, which include “Charting Chaucer: Travel, Mechanical Magic, and Controlling the Narrative" in Critical Insights: Geoffrey Chaucer, "Wonder Woman Matters: pathos and sophia" in Wonder Woman and Philosophy, “Aristotle’s Metaphysics of Monsters and Why We Love Supernatural” in Supernatural and Philosophy as well as "The Imitation of the Cellular & Violence Toward the Neighbor" in Rene Girard and Creative Mimesis and “Oedipus and Othello: The Sphinx, the Monstrous that Binds” in Afroeuropa: Journal of Afroeuropean Studies.
Francis has served as visiting researcher of magic as intellectual history at Harvard University (2007 and 2008), visiting researcher of the Visconti Tarot texts at Yale University (2013), visiting researcher of Mandeville’s Travels at the British Library (2015), visiting researcher of the Fœlix Consortium and esoteric texts at Dr. Williams’s Library in London (2015), visiting researcher of medical and political science at the Wellcome Library in London (2015), visiting researcher of Frances Yates and alchemical texts at the Warburg Institute in London (2015) and visiting researcher of the macabre in literature and culture at the very desk of Bram Stoker and James Joyce at Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland.