Born and raised in Canada, my tenacious curiosity led me to Italy where I finished high school. At the end of the semester I left with a hard-won grasp of calculus and a set of Italian language skills inflected by a French-Canadian accent and Abruzzese dialect.
Next was a move to New York City where I focused on linguistic and cultural anthropology in college, but earned a degree in Italian Studies. While studying, my critical fascination with media, the arts and consumer culture drove me to write book reviews for the Columbia University and Barnard College newspapers, co-direct an indie film club, work in a high-end Soho design store, and study in Bologna. After graduation I spent a year dodging stray fireworks in Naples, Italy, then I moved to LA.
In grad school at UCLA, I drew on media theory, semiotics, and globalization to develop a unique perspective which continues to guide the way I investigate and challenge my many passions. With a PhD in Italian Studies and a rabid interest in pop culture, I continue to pursue my fascination with media.
Passionate about art and design crafted with an accent as thick as my own, I continue to travel intellectually and geographically. I am currently director of content marketing for a lifestyle magazine and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My time is also spent pursuing independent and collaborative research projects devoted to the intersections between contemporary Italian cultural production and socio-historical change.