Rosanna Masiola (also Rosanna Rosini) was born in Trieste. She attended primary and secondary schools in Australia (Sydney, St. Michael’s, St Vincent’s – Potts Point). She holds degrees from the University of Trieste (Faculty of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators), where she also taught, the University of Venice (European languages and literatures), where she subsequently enrolled in Oriental Languages and Literatures.
She also worked for Generali Insurance Company, Central Direction, Trieste.
She is a former Chair of English and Translation at Università per Stranieri of Perugia, where she also taught Anglo-American literature. Masiola was founder and president of the post-graduate course PRIMI (Promotion of Italy and Made in Italy) in 2013. She is on the editorial board of Babel, International Journal of Translation (International federation of Translators-Unesco).
She contributed to Portraits de Traductrices, edited by Jean Delisle (2002), awarded the CATS Prize (Canadian Association of Translators). She has been session chair and participated in conferences and seminars in Europe, Africa, India, China, the Americas, the Caribbean (i.e. from Hyderbad to Barbados, from Cape Town to Cuba, from Mexico City to Toronto, etc.).
She also organized seminars and conferences, among which: Louis Kelly ‘Translation and Hermeneutics’ (University of Trieste); George Steiner “Translation: an Exact Mystery!” (USP) and David Crystal “Internet Linguistics” (USP).
Masiola has published on Anglo-Jewish Literature, (post-)colonial studies, translation studies, Shakespearean translations, travels and explorations, law language, world varieties of English (WVE), flower literature and lexicography, fashion studies, food narratives, and advertising and Made in Italy.
Affiliations: the Royal Geographical Society, the Hakluyt Society, the Linnaean Society of London, the Society for Caribbean Studies, the English Academy of Southern Africa, the European Society for the Study of English, the Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies.
Spends most of her time in Greenwich (RBG) with her family.