My main interests are in Medieval and early Renaissance Italian Literature. I specialize on early prose translations into Italian from old French, and I have published a critical edition of a text composed in Florence in 1313 entitled "Li fatti de' Romani", (The Deeds of the Romans). I have been at Seton Hall since 1992. I grew up in Italy, and then I lived ten years in French Canada before I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. I have since lived two years in China in different periods.
Aside from teaching Italian in all areas (literature, theater, melodrama, language), I have also taught in the medieval colloquium of the Honors Program; Great Books in English; Core 1101, The Journey of Transformation; and Core 3101, Engaging the World: Meeting the Other. I was visiting professor of American Literature in China, at Wuhan University. I was Chair of the Faculty Senate for three years, Chair of the Faculty Guide Committee, Director of Liberal Studies and of numerous other committees.
Now a full professor, I direct the interdisciplinary Italian Studies program, comprising of six faculty and six part-time adjunct professors.
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley
- MA, University of California, Berkeley
- BA, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
- “I Disticha catonis nel ms. Trivulziano 768”. Bollettino dell’opera del vocabolario italiano, XXV, (2020), forthcoming
- “Un manoscritto de Li Fatti de’ Romani a Napoli: BNN XIII.C.71.” Schede umanistiche, XXXIII (2019), 5-23
- Li fatti de’ Romani. Edizione critica dei manoscritti Hamilton 67 e Riccardiano 2418. A cura di David P. Bénéteau. Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso, 2012
- The Ceramist's Secrets. Dionigi Marmi. Translated with an introductory note by David P. Bénéteau. Florence: Aedo, 2005
- "Segreti, ricette e Virtù del ramerino in appendice alla Santà del corpo di Zucchero Bencivenni secondo il cod. Laur. Plut. LXXIII.47" Bollettino dell'opera del vocabolario italiano, V, (2000), 241- 250
- "Per un'edizione critica dei Fatti dei romani." Italianistica, Pisa, Italy, 17(3), 401- 411, May 1997
- "A Survey of Pedagogical Software Use in Italian, 1995." Italica, 72(4), 425- 451, December 1995
- Albert Hakim, Faculty Service Medal, Seton Hall University (2015)
- Seton Hall University Provost Research Grant (2005)
- Seton Hall University Research Council Travel Grant (Italy 2004 and 1997, Berlin 1994, Italy 1993)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on Italian Paleography (Newberry Library, Chicago, 2001)
- Fellow, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, (Florence, Italy 1999-2000)