Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., was born in Lucca, Italy. A professor of semiotics and anthropology at Victoria College, University of Toronto, he directs the semiotics and communication theory programs. Danesi also holds an appointment at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education as professor and researcher in bilingual education. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honor awarded to an academic, especially in education.
Danesi has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University (1972), the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” the Catholic University of Milan, and has given lectures throughout the academic world. He has also held the chair of language and media studies at the University of Lugano.
He is Editor-In-Chief of Semiotica, and is one of the leading theorists in marketing semiotics, and is the author of a range of extremely influential works, including:
Professor Danesi’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Star, and Psychology Today among other print publications, and he has been a guest on several broadcast outlets including National Public Radio.