Dr. Pacchioni is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and holder of the Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Endowed Musco Chair. He directs the Italian Studies program, also leading multidisciplinary collaborations and community outreach initiatives. Dr. Pacchioni teaches Italian language and culture courses at various levels, travel courses across the Italian peninsula, and a wide range of humanistic courses in collaboration with the University Honors Program and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. His research, teaching, and service are equally moved by the goal of unveiling, interpreting, and activating what is most significant and relevant in the cultural history and experience of Italy.
He is the author of numerous publications, including books, peer-reviewed articles, translations, reviews, interviews, and creative writings. His books are: Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (University of Toronto Press, 2014, monograph), La paura dell’amore (Raffaelli Editore, 2014, full-length poetry collection), Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive americane (Metauro Edizioni, 2015, with F. Orsitto), and A History of Italian Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017, with P. Bondanella). Dr. Pacchioni is currently working on a new book on the relationship between the marginalized, yet consequential, Italian tradition of puppetry and literary and cinematic creativity in modern Italian and Italian-American culture.
Dr. Pacchioni received his PhD from the department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. Before joining Chapman University in 2012, he taught courses in Italian and Italian-American literature and film at the University of Connecticut-Storrs and at the prestigious Scuola Italiana of Middlebury College.Courses Taught at Chapman: