Stefania Amodeo, born in Genoa, holds a laurea from the University of Genoa, Italy, in Lettere e Filosofia with a thesis in medieval history. She did graduate work in Belgium at the University of Louvain and at Harvard University from which she received an M.A. in Italian Literature. She has taught at Wellesley College and at Harvard University as a teaching fellow. Her main research interest is in language pedagogy and the use of computer technology in teaching foreign languages. She recently developed an Italian language course centered on the history and cultural importance of food in Italy. She directs a Study Abroad Course in Genoa and she is the advisor for Italian Minor and Romance Languages Major at the University of Maryland where she holds the position of Distinguished Senior Lecturer.