Monica Seger joined the Italian program in Modern Languages & Literatures in Fall 2014. She completed the Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010) and did her undergraduate work in Modern Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2002). Her research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century Italian literature and cinema, environmental humanities and gender studies. She has published articles on nature and technology in contemporary Italian fiction and film, in journals such as Italica, The Italianist, and California Italian Studies. Her first book, Landscapes in Between: Environmental Change in Modern Italian Literature and Film, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2015. She enjoys teaching Italian literature, film and cultural studies, as well as intermediate language courses.