About the Author
Francesca Italiano is currently the Italian Language Director at the University of Southern California as well as a Professor of 18th century literature and literary theory. She is the author of Incontri Attuali, a literary reader for intermediate and advanced Italian language courses, and CRESCENDO!, Italian language program. She also directs the summer program in Verona. She has a Master of Science degree in Education from USC and earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.