Donatella Izzo is Professor of American Literature. She is a member of the editorial board of Ácoma. Rivista internazionale di studi nordamericani (of which she also served as co-editor-in-chief until 2018) and of Anglistica, between, and The Henry James Review. She directs, with Giorgio Mariani, the book series “Sapienza Studies in American Literature and Culture” at Sapienza University Press and, with G. Mariani and M. Pala, the series "Le balene" at La Scuola di Pitagora press. Since 2004 she has been on the Faculty of "The Futures of American Studies Institute" directed by Donald E. Pease at Dartmouth College (USA), of which she has been a co-director since 2012. In 2007 and 2008 she was on the Faculty of the Summer School held at the Clinton Institute for American Studies of University College, Dublin. Since 2012 she has co-directed (with Giorgio Mariani) OASIS - Orientale American Studies International School, convened every other year in Procida, at Università "Orientale"'s conference center. She was President of AISNA, the Italian Association of American Studies (2005-2007) and President of the International Henry James Society (2011). Since 2008 she has been a “Fellow” of the Collegium of World Literary History in Stockholm, on behalf of which she has been in charge of the United States section of "Literature: A World History." In 2016, she was a fellow of the International Forum for United States Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a position that she has been again awarded for 2021. She is best known internationally for her scholarly work on Henry James and on American Studies, on both of which she has published extensively both in Italy and in the USA. She has published a number of other books and essays, both in Italy and internationally, on British and American writers, especially Melville, Howells, and Fitzgerald, and published essays and edited volumes on literary and gender theory, on cross-cultural literary rewritings, on American studies as a disciplinary field, on comparative literature, on Asian American literature, on American TV series, on the graphic novel in the US, on some philosophical and ideological implications of detective narratives. Currently (2021), she is writing a history of US literature, at the request of a major Italian publisher.