Flavia Laviosa
flaviosa@wellesley.edu

(781) 283-2618
Italian Studies
B.A., University of Bari (Italy); M.S., University of Edinburgh; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York (Buffalo)



Flavia Laviosa
Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

Interests: Foreign language education, Italian cinema and media, study abroad programs and internships in Italy.

Flavia Laviosa holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and a Master’s degree in Humanities, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also studied for a Master's degree in European Film Studies and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and completed her Italian Bachelor Honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bari in Italy.

Her primary research interests focus on Italian cinema and media, as well as international directors involved in the representation of honor crimes in world cinema. She has published articles and book chapters and has edited the volume Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She is also the founder and Principal Editor of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, published by Intellect Ltd. (2012-). In September 2014, she was invited to present the journal at the Venice Film Festival Authors’ Day, promoted by the Association of Italian Film Directors and Authors (ANAC).

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She is the Director of the Foreign Language Faculty Seminar and organizes professional development programs. As a foreign language educator, she trains teachers in Italy, England, Canada and the United States, and is active as a certified ACTFL OPI trainer and tester for Italian.

She is also Faculty Fellow for the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and in this capacity she has established and supervised summer internships in Italy, such as: the Photo Library at the Vatican Museums (2012-present); KitchenFilm Production Company in Rome (2012-present); Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) in Amelia, Umbria region (2011-present); and American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC) (2010-2012).

She served as Resident Director of the Eastern College Consortium Program (E.C.Co.) for 2000-2001 in Siena and Bologna, and summers 2003 and 2006 in Lecce. She has also established and directs yearly the Winter Session study abroad program in January in Rome for the Italian Studies 202 intensive course.

She teaches elementary and intermediate language-culture courses for the Department of Italian Studies and film courses for the Cinema and Media Studies Program.