Nicoletta Marini-Maio holds a Laurea in Lettere and a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere from the University of Perugia, Italy, a MA in Teaching Italian as L2 from the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy, and a MA in Linguistics at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on the representation of left-wing terrorism and the Moro Affair in Italian culture, film, and theater. She is currently working on her manuscript on the representation of terrorism in Italian film and theater, and on a number of articles on Italian cinema. She has published articles on Italian theater and cinema, co-edited a scholarly volume on the teaching of Italian language, culture, and literature through theater, and co-authored a textbook for the teaching of Italian language. Her interests include Italian cinema and film theory, 20th century Italian literature, Italian theater, cultural studies, applied linguistics, and teaching pedagogy.