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Maria Enrico was born in the U.S., grew up in Europe, and returned to the U.S. for undergraduate studies at Barnard College at Columbia University (B.A.) and graduate school at Catholic University (M.A. and Ph.D.). She began her professional career working in international music copyright for American rock groups, then became a travel agent, translation bureau chief for Berlitz, legal assistant for the international law firm of Coudert Brothers, adjunct professor at Catholic University and American University, where she started the Italian department, cultural attaché at the Consulate General of the Republic of San Marino, executive director of The American University of Rome, and Director of the Modern Language Program at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She is now Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY. Along the way she has also been a radio producer, opera coach, interpreter, and published translator. She speaks English, Italian, French, and Spanish.