Claudia Marino is an Italian native. She studied Spanish and Portuguese language and literature at the Università degli Studi G. D’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara, where she earned a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere, magna cum laude. Currently Claudia is pursuing an MA in Italian at DePaul, where she teaches basic and intermediate Italian courses. Her primary interest is contemporary Italian literature. She is very passionate about teaching Italian language and culture, particularly through movies. She loves Chicago, the city where she lives with her family, but she routinely travels to Italy to spend the Summer with her friends and family.