Michele Sguerri is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) and teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently teaching Italian at UNC and Elon University. He was born and raised in Florence, Italy, but moved to Southern California at the age of 16. Professor Sguerri holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University Long Beach, where he graduated cum laude in 2007. He started teaching at Elon in spring 2012. His current research focuses on the representations of the "anni di piombo" and political terrorism in cinema and fiction.