Flavia Laviosa

Flavia Laviosa holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and an M.A. in Humanities from SUNY Buffalo. She also earned an M.Sc. in European Film Studies and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland; and completed a B.A. Honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bari in Italy.

She is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College, where she teaches film and language courses. She also teaches courses in the Cinema and Media Studies Program. Her principal area of research is Italian cinema and she has published extensively on several contemporary filmmakers, including Francesca Archibugi, Pietro Balla, Cristina Comencini, Giovanna Gagliardo, Fiorella Infascelli, Monica Repetto, Emanuela Piovano, and Rossella Schillaci.

She previously held a Visiting Professorship at the Italian School at Middlebury College (summers of 1996, 1998, 2004). She was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK (1995-1996). She was a Visiting Scholar at Birbeck College at the University of London, UK (Fall 2004). She has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the American University of Rome (summers of 2001-present).

In November 2007, she organized the international film festival and symposium "Visions of Struggle In Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean" to which she invited renowned scholars and a film director from the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She is also the Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies.

Her primary area of expertise is in Foreign Language Education. Her language teaching methodology draws from Humanistic and Cognitive theories and is based on the Multiple Intelligences theory. In her classes, learning Italian is a multi-sensory and multi-modal experience. Her extensive training of foreign language teachers in the United States and Europe has enabled her to earn international recognition as Teacher Educator and Curriculum Consultant. She is also an ACTFL Italian OPI-Certified Trainer and Tester.

With regards to study abroad programs, she has broad experience in establishing, administering and directing both the Wellesley College winter sessions in Rome and the Eastern College Consortium (E.C.CO. comprising Vassar College, Wellesley College and Wesleyan University) summer sessions in Siena and Lecce, and the year long program in Bologna.

She is the Regional Representative for the American Association of Teachers of Italian (2010-2013).

Flavia Laviosa was awarded the 1998 Gold Medal by the Federation of Abruzzi Association in the USA for her commitment in academic research and her contribution to the development of Italian culture.


Flavia Laviosa would like to acknowledge those who have acted as her mentors and helped her throughout her career.

Linda and George Levine
Linda and George Levine
Niagara Falls, NY January 1987
Linda and George Levine
Linda and George Levine
Bologna, Italy, June 2001
Flavia Laviosa with Ann and Eli Germanovich
Ann and Eli Germanovich
Buffalo, NY, 1987
Professor Richard Salzer
Professor Richard Salzer
SUNY Buffalo, 1987

Flavia Laviosa

Updated: April, 9 2012