Donatella is native of Italy. She received her laurea triennale in Modern Languages and Culture from the University of Palermo; her laurea specialistica in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Turin, her MA in English and TESOL from Youngstown State University. She has lived, studied, and worked as Italian and Spanish teacher in Spain, Ecuador, and UK. She is interested in the influence of Dante in the American literature and the study of Italian immigration and the Italian language in the Anglo-Saxon countries. She is considering developing an academic career in teaching Italian literature and Italian as a foreign language.