Dr. Julia Heim has a PhD in comparative literature from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She is a lecturer of Italian studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a translator of queer theory, art criticism, and the children’s book series Geronimo Stilton. She is the co-founder and an organizing member of the Queer Studies Caucus of the American Association of Italian Studies, and a Co-Investigator for the AHRC funded network QuIR [The Queer Italia Network]. Her own scholarship focuses on LGBTQIA+ representation in Italian media. Her interest in inclusive pedagogy goes hand in hand with her 14 years of university teaching experience, and her work as a communications fellow, where she aided in advancing communication pedagogies, and worked with students to facilitate experiential, and active learning, while creating opportunities for performances of understanding.