I was born and raised in Verona, Italy.
In my hometown I attended the Liceo G. Galilei (high school) and studied foreign languages such as English, French, Latin and German. I also traveled all over Europe during my studies, and visited several countries. Then I decided to focus on Oriental languages, and particularly Japanese, and I started pursuing a degree in Japanese language and culture at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. After my graduation in 2006, I worked as a language teacher in a language school in Verona, where I taught English and French to children and junior high students.
In 2007, after an unsuccessful attempt to live in Tokyo, Japan, I packed my belongings and moved to Columbus, OH, to pursue a Masters Degree in Italian Studies at The Ohio State University. I was intrigued by the possibility of furthering my education and teaching abroad. While studying for my Masters, I developed a strong passion for Italian cinema, and decided that I would focus my studies on it. In 2009 I was accepted at UCLA for a PhD, and in September I moved to Los Angeles. After having advanced to Candidacy in December 2011, I am currently working on my dissertation, which centers on the films of Elio Petri.
My experience in teaching is extensive. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at The Ohio State University, under the direction of Professor Janice Aski. There, I taught Italian language at beginner and intermediate level. At UCLA, I have taught language classes under the supervision of Professor Elissa Tognozzi and I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Harrison's course on Italian Cinema and Culture. I am currently proposing my own course at UCLA, which centers on Italian Mafia films.
In addition to my primary teaching assignments, at UCLA I have been a member of the Editorial Board of Carte Italiane, the journal edited by the Department of Italian at UCLA, since 2009, and I've helped the undergraduate UCLA Italian Club in the last few years. I have also been part of the organizing committee of the annual Italian Graduate Student Conference at UCLA for the last three years.
Outside UCLA, I cultivate several interests. I like to read good books, learn new languages, dance salsa on2 (the New York style), watch good films, practice Ashtanga yoga (in the Mysore style), and create English subtitles for obscure Italian flicks.
On top of all that, I love travelling, both as a tourist and as a guide for my friends. I truly enjoy discovering new cities and places around the world, as well as sharing my knowledge of Europe and Italy with friends. I often take friends around and organize small trips around my country.