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. She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian folktales, particularly those of Luigi Capuana and Italo Calvino. She has published articles in Italica, Marvels and Tales, Fabula and Italian Quarterly. She is a contributor to the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales and Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives, as well as the co-author of the workbook that accompanies the textbook Parliamo Italiano. 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, Altreitalie, the Paterson Literary Review and Primo.