Kimberly Latta earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley in 1986 and a Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 1998. She also studied German literature and philosophy at the University of Tübingen and taught English literature and writing to German high school students on a Fulbright Scholarship in Hamburg. Fluent in German and functional in French and Spanish, she has has more than 15 years of experience teaching English at Vassar College, Saint Louis University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her hobbies include painting, yoga, hiking, climbing and rafting, reading, and spending time with her human and canine friends.