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Ardizzoni, Michela

Associate Faculty Director of the Master of Arts in Media and Public Engagement


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research overview

  • Dr. Ardizzoni's research focuses on three main areas of Italian media studies: the construction of cultural identities in and through the media, the mediatization of media activism and social change, and the role of urban media in a Mediterranean context. Her first book examines the visual and discursive representation of identity promoted by public and private Italian national television networks at the turn of the 21st century. Her recent work has examined the status of activist media in Italy through Telestreet, a network of unlicensed neighborhood television stations aimed at expanding citizen access to information. Her current projects focus on screen cultures and social change in Italy and the Mediterranean. Through an analysis of emerging film practices and new media activism, she interrogates the centrality of innovative film production and distribution modes in generating a new lexicon and culture of political participation and engaged citizenship.


  • Italian media, television, cinema, alternative new media, Mediterranean studies, contemporary migration, feminism, gender, identity politics, Global media, connected media practices, media activism


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courses taught

  • CMCI 6051 - Media Theories
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies theories and perspectives of mass and networked communication and explores the role of media in society.
  • FREN 6940 - Master's Degree Candidate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • ITAL 3040 - Italian Conversation Through Cinema
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Taught in Italian, the course covers various topics of Italian Cinema from WWII to the present. Focus is on periods, genres, themes, and auteur/directors. Emphasis on review of language structures previously learned and acquisition of new vocabulary to enable students to discuss different aspects of Italian culture, in Italian.
  • ITAL 4030 - Contemporary Italian Culture, Politics, and the Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Serves as an introduction to the study of the effect that politics and the media have in shaping Italian culture. Makes use of the World Wide Web for instruction. Taught in Italian. Familiarity with Internet helpful.
  • ITAL 4290 - Italian Culture Through Cinema
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022
    Examines the representations of Italian culture through its cinema. Focusing especially on post-World War II cinema, examines how Italian filmmakers have portrayed Italian history and specific aspects of its culture (i.e., Fascism, post-war reconstruction, the Mafia, patriarchy) in the past 50 years. Taught in English.
  • ITAL 4300 - Multiculturalism in Italy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Focuses on multiculturalism and difference in contemporary Italian society. Readings assigned explore the experience and co-existence of ethnic and religious minorities in Italy. Students will study how specific minorities live in a major Western-European country and will investigate the connotations that the concept of 'multiculturalism' takes in the Italian context.
  • ITAL 4990 - Senior Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Preparation of a 15-page research paper in Italian presented to two members of the faculty and defended orally in class.
  • MDST 5851 - Graduate Professional Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
  • MDST 5931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
  • MDST 6051 - Media Theories
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Studies theories and perspectives of mass and networked communication and explores the role of media in society.
  • MDST 6871 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Special topics. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours hours
  • MDST 6951 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023


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