Beatrice Mazzi is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies and Comparative Literature and Society. She earned her BA summa cum laude in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Perugia where she was awarded the Erasmus grant and spent a semester at the University of Sevilla (Spain). She holds a MA in Literary Translation from the University of Turin (2010), and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University College of London (2010). Before joining Columbia in 2015, she has worked as an Italian language instructor for several American programs in Florence and as special programs coordinator for the International Center of the University of Oklahoma. In 2012 she took part as a translator to the EduEDA project (The EDUcational Encyclopedia of Digital Arts) developed by the University of Florence.
Her research focuses on Italian contemporary literature, life stories and testimony with an emphasis on gender and feminist issues. Although literature remains her main field of study, oral history, documentary and photography are among her areas of interest. Since 2015 she has been an invited member of the International Network for Comparative Humanities co-sponsored by Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame.