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Italian Studies
B.A., University of Bari (Italy); 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.

My primary research interests focus on Italian cinema and media, as well as international directors involved in the representation of honor crimes in world cinema. I have published articles and book chapters and have edited the volume Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). I am also the founder and Principal Editor of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, published by Intellect Ltd. (2012-). In September 2014, I 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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As a foreign language educator, I train teachers in Italy, England, Canada and the United States, organize professional development programs for language faculty at Wellesley College, and I am active as a certified ACTFL OPI trainer and tester for Italian. 

I am Faculty Fellow for the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and in this capacity I have 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).

I 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. I have also established and direct yearly the Wintersession study abroad program in January in Rome for the Italian Studies 202 intensive course.

I teach elementary and intermediate language-culture courses for the Department of Italian Studies and film courses for the Cinema and Media Studies Program, including the new course "Transnational Journeys of European Women Directors."