I’m Stephanie Stella and I have been teaching literature, language, and composition courses for almost 20 years. I hold a B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to teaching at the secondary and university levels in the United States, my teaching career has taken me to international schools in Italy, Guatemala, and St. Lucia.
While teaching and editing are my focus, I also work as an independent scholar. My personal research and writing interests include twentieth-century literature, feminist and rhetorical theories, and trauma studies. In my most recent research project, I analyzed narrative strategies contemporary American authors employ to represent experiences of gender-based trauma. I received an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship in support of my research on girlhood trauma in contemporary American women’s literature, and have been awarded numerous travel grants to present my work at conferences in the United States and Europe.
I started my own freelance business after having a child and landing in a small town in Central Wisconsin. Missing my career in international education, which allowed me to connect daily with people working in diverse disciplines from around the globe, I decided to harness the power of the Internet in order to continue in my beloved area of work.
When I’m not poring over books and words, I’m enjoying moments with my baby boy, Auden Jack. As a dual U.S.-Italian citizen, I split my time between my two home countries.