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Dr. Federico Pacchioni

Associate Professor, The Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of World Languages and Cultures
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Honors Program
Expertise: Italian Studies; Italian Art Cinema; Puppetry Across Media; Aesthetics in Foreign Language Learning; Cross-Cultural Experiential Education; Poetic Quest of Place
Office Location: DeMille Hall 120N
Office Hours: By appointment
Prescott College, Bachelor of Arts
Indiana University Bloomington, Master of Arts
Indiana University Bloomington, Ph.D.



Federico Pacchioni, Ph.D., is Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair at Chapman University in Orange, California. He heads the Italian Studies Program, he teaches various humanistic and interdisciplinary courses in collaboration with the University Honors Program and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, designs study-abroad programs, and leads cultural events and outreach projects. He is also the founder and co-director of the B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages, a first of its kind in higher education.

Dr. Pacchioni has lectured nationally and internationally to both specialized and general audiences about the Italian peninsula’s artistic traditions, focusing on their contemporary and global cultural significance and creative potential. He has personally organized numerous academic and cultural events and established the Italian Perspective Series, an annual large-scale symposium intersecting Italian Studies with areas such as business, science, cinema, music, food, and design.

He is the author of numerous scholarly and creative publications and eight books including Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (University of Toronto Press, 2014), The Image of the Puppet in Italian Theater, Literature and Film (Metauro Edizioni, 2020 and Palgrave McMillan, 2022), The Extraordinary Life of Foreign Language Learners: Harnessing the Rewards of the Multilingual Experience (Carocci Editore, 2022, with G. M. Farese), Southwest of Italy: Stanzas for a Travel Memoir (Guernica World Editions, 2022), and I frutti del mio giardino (Manni Editore, 2022). 

As author, educator, and organizer, Federico Pacchioni has been instrumental in promoting an understanding of Italy’s creative reservoir by merging his innovative research and experiential teaching. He is always eager to explore new applications of cultural and aesthetic education and has worked as a consultant for multi-media projects and film festivals. A History of Italian Cinema (2nd edition) which he co-authored with the late Peter Bondanella is the mainstay textbook of Italian film studies in the Anglo-American world. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Chapman Faculty Excellence Award in all areas of academic activity: Teaching, Service, and Research.

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Courses Taught at Chapman:
  • ITAL 301: Italian Conversation and Composition: Regional Culture and Tradition.
  • ITAL 341a: Italian Cinema: Great Film Directors.
  • ITAL 342: Advanced Italian Grammar and Stylistics.
  • ITAL 345: Italian Conversation and Composition: Introduction to Contemporary Society.
  • ITAL 353: Short Narrative in Italian Culture: Oral Tradition, Literature and Cinema.
  • ITAL 354: Songs of Italy: Voices of Yesterday and Today.
  • ITAL 375: Masterpieces of Italian Literature.
  • ITAL 101/102/201/301: Journey to Sicily: Immersion in Taormina.
  • ITAL 101/102/201/301: Journey to Salento: Immersion in Lecce.
  • ITAL 341/FS443f/FS543: Italian Cinema: Politics, Art and Industry.
  • ITAL 387/FS444m/FS544: Italian American Cinema.
  • HON 314: Dante's Afterlife.
  • HON 315: Power and Imagination in the Italian Renaissance.
  • HON 371: The World of Fellini’s Cinema.
  • HON 373: The Puppet Metaphor Across Media.
  • HON 455: Interpreting the Past: An Experience of Rome.
  • HON 448: The Beauty of Ideas: An Experience of Florence.
  • FSN 309/509: Food, Diet and Culture (with Dr. Anuradha Prakash).
  • FTV 361/561I: The Structure of International Film Festivals: Il Cinema Ritrovato (with Dr. Emily Carman).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

L’immagine del burattino: percorsi fra teatro, letteratura e cinema. Pesaro, Italy: Metauro Editore, 2020.
“Focus on Film: La strada”. The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image Ed. Joseph Luzzi. New York City: Bloomsbury Academic. 2020. 323-328.
“Fellini and Esotericism: An Ambiguous Adherence”. Wiley Blackwell Companion to Federico Fellini. Eds. Frank Burke and Marguerite Waller. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. 95-108.
“Illuminating Italian Studies: The Secrets of Peter Bondanella’s Success.” In The Italianist. Film Issue 38.2 (2018): 267-269.
“Il pupo emigrato: dal teatro allo schermo”. Italian Canadiana. Vol. 31 (2017): 155-164.
“Novecento tra poesia e politica: Bertolucci e il teatro popolare dei burattini.” Rivista Luci e Ombre. Trimestrale di informazione cinematografica e culturale. 4.1 (April-June 2016). Online journal.
“Italy at Your Fingertips: Integrating the Puppet Theater in the Italian Classroom”. Arts: Creative Thinking about FL Curricula and Language Program Direction. Eds. Colleen Ryan and Lisa Parkes. Issues in American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators. Boston: Cengage, 2015.
"Trent’anni di critica pasoliniana in Nord America (1982-2014)" Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive americane. Eds. F. Pacchioni and F. Orsitto. Pesaro, Italy: Metauro, 2015. 15-45.
Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive americane. Co-edited with Fulvio Orsitto. Pesaro: Metauro edizioni, 2015.
“‘È la vita anche la morte’ Il Purgatorio astrale del Mastorna” Fellini and Dante. L’aldilà della visione. Genova: Sagep Editori, 2016. 71-74 [Proceedings of the conference “Fellini and Dante. L’aldilà della visione,” Biblioteca Classense, Ravenna, May 29-30, 2015.]
“Pasolini a passo di danza: cortocircuiti est(etici) intorno alla figura di Fellini”. Rivista Luci e Ombre. Trimestrale di informazione cinematografica e culturale. 3. III (April-June 2015). Online journal.
“La contaminazione tra teatro di figura e cinema in Cosa sono le nuvole?”. Intersezioni: musica, arte, letteratura e cinema nell’Italia contemporanea. Eds. Simona Wright and Fulvio Orsitto. Roma: Vecchiarelli, 2014. 233-244.
La paura dell’amore. Rimini: Raffaelli Editore, 2014
Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations Behind the Scenes. Toronto Italian Studies Series. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press. 2014.
"Poetry in Motion (Picture): Federico Pacchioni Reviews The 'Vigor and Originality' of Federico Fellini’s Films" Interview by Helena Bachman, Simply Charly (2014). Web.
“Le nuove avanguardie. Panoramica sul mondo della poesia contemporanea americana.” clanDestino 1 (2013): 15-17
“Giuseppe Tornatore in viaggio attraverso il padre.” Incontri cinematografici e culturali tra due mondi. Ed. Antonio C. Vitti. Pesaro: Metauro Edizioni, 2012. 205-215.
“Volgarità e grazia: il cinema di figura di Lina Wertmüller.” L'ANELLO che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature. 24.12 (Spring-Fall 2012): 147-160.
“Remembering the Italian-American Pioneering Spirit.” Il Leone (November 2012): 10
Carlo Collodi, Le avventure di Pinocchio. A Bilingual Edition (Caserta: Spring Edizioni, 2007). In L’anello che non tiene. Journal of Modern Italian Literature 23.1-2 (2011): 166-169.
Francesca Turini Bufalini, Autobiographical Poems. A Bilingual Edition (New York : Bordighera Press, 2009). In Italica 88.2 (2011): 301-302.