As an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Alessandra Di Maio taught migrant literature and culture in the Italian department and literature from the African diaspora in the department of Comparative Literature. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Italian doctorate in Literary Sciences at the University of Bari, Italy. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Palermo, Italy.