Flavia Laviosa

Flavia Laviosa
(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

In my research I examine representations of violence against women in world cinema and media. I am the Principal Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and I teach Italian culture and European cinema.

In my teaching I celebrate diversity, variety and difference, cater for all learning styles, encourage positive group dynamics in class, and accommodate individual needs.

Originally from Italy, and having studied and worked in Italy, Great Britain and the United States, my background is in two distinct fields: foreign language education and film studies.

I completed my Bachelor Honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bari in Italy and also studied for a Master's degree in European Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I hold a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

My research interests are in Italian cinema, with a special focus on women filmmakers. I edited the volume Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) which was presented on CityLine, WCVB TV (ABC), Channel 5, Boston in May 2010. I also guest-edited the special issue ‘Cinematic Journeys of Italian Women Directors’ of Studies in European Cinema, 8: 2, 2011. I have published in refereed journals and in edited collections which are available for viewing here.

I am the founder and Editor of the book series Trajectories in Italian Cinema and Media and of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, both published by Intellect Ltd. In September 2014, the Venice Film Festival Authors’ Day, promoted by the Association of Italian Film Directors and Authors (ANAC), invited me to present two themed issues on the intersections between Italian and Chinese cinema. I was also invited by the Academy of Italian Cinema in April 2016 to represent the special issue celebrating the 60th anniversary (1956-2016) of the David of Donatello Awards at a ceremony held by Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace and at the Award Night with Sky broadcast in Rome. I also presented the journal at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Italian cinema section in May 2016, as well as at the 8th edition of the Italian Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea in November 2016.

I organized the international symposium Visions of Struggle: Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean at Wellesley College in 2007, and the international conferences Innovations and Tensions in Italian Cinema and Media in 2017 and Global Intersections and Artistic Interconnections: Italian Cinema and Media Across Times and Spaces in 2019, and Italian cinema and media: Past and present, continuity and change, expectations for the future in 2021, both at The American University of Rome.

I was also the Artistic Director of the film festival Italian Cinema in Historical and Intercultural Contexts held at Wellesley College in 2017, and Innovations in Contemporary Italian Cinema, Wellesley College in 2019.  





At Wellesley College, I teach language and culture courses in the Department of Italian Studies. In the Cinema and Media Studies Program, I have taught Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies, Italian Women Directors, and Transnational Journeys in European Women’s Filmmaking.

I established and supervised summer internships in Italy such as the Photo Library at the Vatican Museums (2012-2015), the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) in Amelia (2011-2016), KitchenFilm Production Company in Rome (2012-present), and the American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC) (2010-2012).

I serve as the Director of the Foreign Language Faculty Seminar at Wellesley College and organize professional development programs. As a foreign language educator, I create instructional materials, design both teacher training and trainer development courses, and teach language professionals in Italy, England, and the United States. I am also active as a certified ACTFL OPI and WPT trainer, tester, certification consultant and coach for Italian.

I acted as Resident Director of the Eastern College Consortium Program (E.C.Co.) for 2000-2001 in Siena and Bologna, also in fall 2018, and summers 2003 and 2006 in Lecce. I also established in 2003 the Winter Session study abroad program in Rome for the Italian Studies 202 intensive course and 250 Independent Study which I directed and taught until 2020.

I have been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, Birkbeck College-University of London, and the University of Bologna; as well as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlebury College and The American University of Rome.

I have served as a Review Committee member for the Department of Modern Languages at Central Connecticut State University, for the Italian Studies curricula at Connecticut College, The American University in Rome, and for the Teacher Education Program and curricula of the Department of Foreign Languages and the Department of Latin and Classical Studies for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education at Brandeis University.