Professor Emeritus, she was born on 15.01.1928 in Rome, where she currently resides. First Chancellor of the University of Roma Tre (1992-1998) and Director of the Institute of Linguistics, Coordinator of the First Ph.D. in American Studies. From 1998 to 2003 she was Chancellor of the University of Rome “Foro Italico” (once IUSM), where she also chaired the Center for Lifelong Learning.
She was the Chairperson of the Athenaeum Commission for Organizational and Educational Experimentation at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1980/81 – 1983/84). Since 1958 she has been a Professor of Anglo-American Literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza and a member of the Group for foreign relations.
She extensively worked on issues related to language teaching. She has done research and taught at numerous universities in the United States: Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell and Virginia, Duke. Member of the Board of the European Association for American Studies (1985-1990) and of the Center for American Studies in Rome (to date), from 1982 to 1992 she was a member of the Fulbright Commission.
From 1977 to 1990, she chaired the Technical-Linguistic Committee at the SNU – Somali National University – as part of a project of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She’s been honored with numerous awards, among which: Prix Femme d’Europe (Italy, 1993); Award for Industriousness (Ance, 1995); Premio Roma (Europe, 1996). In June 2000 she was awarded the honor of Grand Officer of the Italian Republic by the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, for being the first Italian woman Chancellor of University in Italy.