Clare E. Vassallo graduated from the University of Malta with B.A. (Gen.) in Philosophy and English Literature with Linguistics, and a B.A. (Hons.) in English with Linguistics. She pursued her interest in the interface between these three areas at the Istituto di Comunicazione, University of Bologna, Italy where she obtained her Ph.D in Semiotics under the tutorship of Prof. Umberto Eco. The emphasis of her research was in the field of Semiotics; as literary and cultural theory and as theory of knowledge.
She was Chairman of the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), Maltese national television and radio, between 2008 and 2010, and Chair of the Eurovision Song Contest for the same period. She had previously served as a member of the Public Broadcasting Board of Directors from 2000 - 2003, and 2007- 2008.
She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Translation Studies at the University of Malta. She teaches courses in Translation History and Theory; Pragmatics, Semantics and Semiotics; Popular Culture and Literary Tradition; Feminist Literary Theory; Multilingualism and Multiculturalism; The Bestseller; and Narratology among others.
Professor Vassallo has published various papers and edited a number of books in her major areas of interest, and presented a range of papers on various topics at international conferences. Professor Vassallo was involved in a number of European projects including the Thematic Network ACUME I & II on Cultural Memory and the interface between Sciences and the Humanities, as well as CEMMENTI a European – Canadian Program.
She is Co-Chair on HUMS – the University of Malta’s Humanities, Medicine and Science Program, she is a Board Member of the ESU – the English Speaking Union in Malta, and was previously a Board Member and Chair on the BCA – British Culture Association. She was Consultant to the Ministry of Culture (199-2001). She is currently a Board Member of the NGO on public policy Think Tank TPPI – Today’s Public Policy Institute, and has been involved as a Thematic Coordinator on V18 – Valletta European City of Culture 2018.