Chiara De Santi was born and grew up in Tuscany, Italy. She moved to the United States in 2006. She lived first in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Western New York State in 2009. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Italian Studies at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she teaches since the fall of 2009. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011, specializing in Italian language, literature, culture, and cinema. Chiara earned a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history in 2009 and a Masters of Research in 2004 from the European University Institute, Italy. Before beginning graduate studies, she received her Laurea (M.A. equivalent) in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence, specializing in Russian language, literature, and history and in French language and literature. She has been publishing and presenting at conferences on literature, cinema, pedagogy, and history. Chiara loves traveling, cooking, reading, watching Italian films, and jogging.
My friend and colleague Tania Convertini suggested the name Chiara-mente. Grazie, Tania!