Eilis Kierans (firstname.lastname@example.org) received her B.A in Communication from the University of Massachussetts in 2009. During her summers as an undergraduate student, she taught English in various vibrant Italian cities and worked with American high school students in Florence. Thereafter, she worked as an ESL instructor in Daegu, South Korea. In 2011, she returned to Italy to teach English and study in Valle Camonica as a part of the Study, Intercultural Tranining, and Experience program. From 2012 to 2015, Eilis retruned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to teach and study in the Italian Studies Department. for the past three summers, Eilis facilitated World Learning's culture and Slow Food Movement Program in Italy, where she worked with American students to increase their knowledge of the culture. in the fall of 2015, she commenced the Italian Studies PhD Program at Rutgers Unversity, where her research will focus on the study of 19th and 20th century literature, gastronomy, women writers and cinema.