Beatrice D’Arpa, born in Palermo in 1964, teaches Italian at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her B.A. at University of llinois at Urbana and her MA in Italian at Middlebury College. She has taught Italian literature, culture and language at several institutions such as University of Illinois at Urbana, Washington University, and College of Dupage. Her main scholarly interests are in Second Language Acquisition, Curriculum and Instruction, and Classroom management. Ms. D’Arpa teaches Italian at the 100-, 200-, and 300- levels. In 2012 she received an Accolades Award for Outstanding Faculty at the University of Arizona.
She is currently translating the Journal of Federico Craveri about his travels in Baja California which will be featured in a special issue of the Journal of the Southwest (tentative title: First Naturalist in the Gulf of California: The 1856 Journals of Federico Craveri.)