Federica Franzè received her Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Urbino, and her Ph.D. in literature from Rutgers University. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia and one of the Directors of the language program. She has published extensively material for Italian language teachers. Her research interests include transnational literature, cinema and literature of migration, and foreign language pedagogy, and she regularly presents papers at conferences in the US and abroad.
She is actively engaged in refugee and immigrant issues, and in 2021, she earned a Master's degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London. Her work on integration projects for asylum seekers and refugees in Italy was recently published in the working paper series of the Refugee Law Initiative. Her current research project focuses on the Humanitarian Corridors implemented in Italy since 2015 as alternative legal pathways and models of solidarity. For years, she has been volunteering both in Italy and in the US, helping refugees navigate the different steps of their integration process. She is currently volunteering at PPSC Refugee Support Project as the Research and Outreach Team Supervisor.