Maria Elisabetta de Franciscis is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II where she teaches Comparative Public Law, American Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law. She is the convener of the Observatory on United States's Policies and Elections for which she teaches, supervises and advices students. She holds a Master Degree from the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and a Master Degree and a Ph.D. from The University of Connecticut. She is the recipient of many awards. Maria Elisabetta has authored several books and a number of journal articles mainly on the role of the executive in relation to the assemblies in both governmental and non-governmental structures. She has organized International scientific symposia and lectured extensively on Italian and American politics, history and Constitutions in both Italian and American Institutions and at international symposia. She has also done research, published and lectured on legal and political contributions of outstanding women, notably on St. Catherine of Siena, Leonilde Iotti and the Founding Mothers of the Italian Republic.
Since 1993 Maria Elisabetta is a member of Soroptimist International of Italy, Club Caserta and presently is Soroptimist International of Europe President Elect.