I studied at high school LICEO CLASSICO QUINTO ENNIO (Taranto, Italy).
After receiving an MA in Communication Studies from the UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO (Torino, Italy), I studied Italian Philology at UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI ALDO MORO (Bari, Italy). Then I received a Master of Advanced Studies in General Linguistics from the UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUÑA (A Coruña, Spain).
I completed my PhD in Language Sciences at UNIVERSITÉ DE FRIBOURG (Fribourg, Switzerland) under the direction of professor Alexandre Duchêne; the readers were professor Luisa Martín Rojo and professor Ruth Wodak.
I followed training courses for teaching Spanish as foreign language (Instituto Cervantes, A Coruña, Spain) and for teaching Italian as foreign language (Scuola d'Italiano Roma, Rome, Italy, with Roberto Tartaglione). I also followed courses of Critical Discourse Analysis held by professor Teun van Dijk at UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (Barcelone, Spain).
I have taken part in the research project CEI-Comunicación en Empresas e Instituciones (2007-2010, financed by the European Regional Development Funds and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation), as well as in the research group GDS-Grupo Discurso e Sociedade, coordinated by professor Celso Álvarez Cáccamo.
I have taught Italian at Centro de Linguas UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUÑA, after teaching Italian at some multinational companies for Corporate Language Training (A Coruña, Spain) or as a volunteer for Caritas (Rome, Italy). I also taught Spanish at InLingua school of languages as well as at Glion Institute of Higher Educaiton.
At UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUÑA I gave lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level in General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics (Facultade de Filoloxía; Facultade de Ciencias da Educación).
I studied Latin and Greek and speak at different levels Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tarantinian, Catalan, Galician, and German. I have a long experience as translator, language instructor or linguistic consultant for some multinational companies (through B2B firms as Carraig or Corporate Language Training), as well as facilitator in workshops on language issues and/or intercultural communication for public bodies or educational institutions (Europe Direct - Deputación Provincial da Coruña; Centro Intérpretes Lengua de Signos de Galicia; Centre de langues UNIL; ZONTA Switzerland, etc.).
After working for several years as Senior Lecturer at Glion Institute of Higher Education, teaching various courses such as Professional
Communication and Academic Writing, Spanish, Research Methods, and tutoring BA and MSc dissertations, I currently work at the Language Center of Université de Lausanne on the site of the EPFL, where I am part of the working group on Intercultural Communication Competence, as well as at HEIG-VD, and conduct my postdoctoral research at Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism.
I am a member of Société Suisse de Lingusitique, Association Suisse de Linguistique Appliqué, Réseau Francophone de Sociolinguistique, Asociación de Estudios sobre Discurso y Sociedad (acting in the organizing and scientific committee), and I serve as peer reviewer for several international scholarly journals.
Apart from academic activities, I love literature, and have a passion for visual arts: actually I paint, digitally design logos and lay out posters, book covers, etc.