Dr. Gina M. Miele, assistant professor of Italian and former director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at MSU, received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 2003.  While she specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian folktales, particularly those of Luigi Capuana and Italo Calvino, she teaches courses on various periods, authors and genres of the Italian literary tradition.  She has published articles in ItalicaMarvels and TalesFabula and Italian Quarterly.  She is a contributor to the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales.  Her essays and book reviews on Italian American studies can be consulted in the Harvard College Journal of Italian American History and Culture, the Italian American Review, the Paterson Literary Review and Primo.  Dr. Miele is a regular instructor of hybrid courses at MSU and has experimented with Second Life, Elluminate, and Twitter in the Italian language classroom.

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