Valentina Seffer studied at Università per Stranieri di Siena where she completed her MA degree in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication in 2010 with a thesis in comparative literature. In 2007 she completed her BA degree in Foreign Languages and the Teaching of Italian as a L2 at Università degli Studi di Palermo with a thesis in Ludolinguistics. In the same year she studied in Rome at the school “Torre di Babele”, where she completed her Italian teaching certificate DITALS level II.
Valentina has worked for the CO.AS.IT association in Melbourne in 2010 and worked as an Italian language assistant at Glen Waverley Secondary College. She has also worked as an Italian teacher for the VSL, Victorian School of Languages in Melbourne in 2011.
She is currently aPhD candidate at the Italian Department of Sydney University under the supervision of Dr. Giorgia Alù. In her doctoral thesis she is looking at the issue of hybrid identities through the myth of Persephone in the writings of contemporary Italian American female authors.