Dr. Maurizio Scontrino received his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2020, with a specialization in Italian cinema. His dissertation, titled, "Identificare il disagio : crisi esistenziale, affetività e binarismo di genere nel cinema italiano LGBTQ+ del XXI secolo" focused on gender theory and the perception and portrayal of masculinity as it relates to Italian film.
Prior to completing his Ph.D., Dr. Scontrino received a Master's degree in Italian Literature and Cultures from the University of Connecticut. Over the years, he has taught Italian language at several institutions, including The College of Saint Rose, Fairfield University, the University of Hartford, and most recently, The University of Mississippi, where he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor.
A native of Sicily, Dr. Scontrino enjoys travel and cooking, often incorporating elements of cucina italiana into the classroom.