Stephanie M. Hom has more than 17 years experience in academic research, grant writing, and program management in higher education. She brings to Acus Foundation significant fundraising expertise centered on relations with foundations and government funding agencies. She is also the author of numerous publications, including two books, and previously held the position of Presidential Professor of Italian at the University of Oklahoma, where she specialized in the cultural politics of immigration and tourism in the Mediterranean. Prior to academia, she worked as a journalist in the U.S. and Italy. She holds a BA with Honors from Brown University, and an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.