Cristina La Porta holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. A former college professor of French and Italian Studies, she is currently a freelance art writer, editor, translator and lecturer. Her articles can be found in Fine Arts Connoisseur, American Arts Quarterly and VIA (Voices of Italian Americana, online magazine). She was a recipient of a PSC/CUNY grant for her interdisciplinary work on Antonin Artaud and Maria Izquierdo. A travelling grant from the American Academy in Rome resulted in an article, The Macchiaioli: Personal Topographies and Nationalism, published in La Rivista di Studi Italiani.