A graduate of the University of Pavia with a PhD in Italian literature from UCLA, Dr. Forni has been a faculty member at Johns Hopkins since 1985. He is currently a tenured professor whose academic interests lie in the early centuries of Italian literature.
Dr. Forni teaches courses on Dante and Boccaccio on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has published and edited several books on Boccaccio. He received the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association's Excellence in Teaching Award (School of Continuing Studies, 1998) and the Outstanding Faculty Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1993. In 2008, he received an annual NEA award for an article published in Thought and Action.
In 1997, he co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, pioneering the founding of many such projects on college campuses and in communities across the country. For his work on the significance of civility in contemporary society, he received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Towson University in 2013.