French and Italian Faculty Promoted

May 23, 2022

One professor in the Department of French and Italian has been promoted, demonstrating excellent performance in teaching, service and research.


Dr. Maria Letizia Bellocchio is promoted from Assistant Professor of Practice to Associate Professor of Practice.


Bellocchio arrived at the University of Arizona in 2016, after being Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Her Italian Ph.D. dissertation (University of Siena, 2007) examined the Shakespearean influences on the theatre (prose and opera) and cinema of Luchino Visconti. Her U.S. research (Rutgers University Ph.D., 2014) focused on the history of Italian cinema by concentrating on its depictions of the family, civil society and law. Her current book explores the tension between tradition and innovation in the filmic construction of the politics, practices and symbolic values of the Italian family. Her areas of expertise include Film Studies, 19-20-21 century Italian Literature and Theatre, Intermediality, Italian Family Law.