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Patrizia  La Trecchia

Patrizia La Trecchia

Patrizia La Trecchia
Associate Professor


Office: CPR 425



Dr. LaTrecchia received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Associate Professor at the University of South Florida where she directs the Italian Program. Her research includes film, media, cultural studies, globalization, migration, citizenship, the Italian South, food and identity, comparing cultural attitudes toward various sustainable food systems, food security, and food waste.

She is the author of one monograph, two textbooks, and over two dozen peer-reviewed articles. Her book, Uno sguardo a Sud. Vent'anni di movimenti, storie, conflitti e trasformazioni nella città di Napoli 1990-2010 (Napoli: Liguori Editore, 2013), focuses on globalization and urbanization in reference to the case study of the city of Naples analyzed as a southern city and a crucial crossroad in the Mediterranean that occupies a significant border position between the so called First and Third worlds. Her analysis considers the city’s transformation as a geographical and imaginative area, which is rich with border-crossings of every sort: racial, gendered, regional, and transnational, as is evidenced with the new immigration.

She is also the author of two textbooks developed for teaching Italian language with cinema, EF Film Study Program: Il postino (New York: Farinelli, 2009), and EF Film Study Program: Mid- August Lunch (New York: Farinelli, 2013). Her articles have appeared internationally in scholarly peer-reviewed journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Studies in European Cinema, Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, Rivista di letteratura italiana, Studi sul Settecento e l’Ottocento: rivista internazionale di italianistica, Cinemasessanta, Italica, Italian Americana, and Mondi migranti: rivista di studi e ricerche sulle migrazioni internazionali.

She is among the faculty of the Food Studies Certificate, the Film Studies Certificate, and two research clusters of the School of Humanities: “Globalization, Migration and Citizenship” and “Film, Media, and Literature.” She is a member of the USF Tampa Faculty Senate. She has served on the board of the Humanities Institute at USF.

Beyond the university, she serves the community by volunteering her expertise and by being involved with local arts programs. She sits on the advisory board of the Gasparilla International Film Festival since 2007, she is a co-founder of “Cinema Italiano” at the Italian Club in Ybor City (2005-2012), and she promotes an annual event on Italian gastronomy.

She was selected to deliver a TED talk, A War on Food Waste: Italian Food Culture and the Mediterranean Diet, at first TEDxUSF Conference, University of South Florida, February 22, 2013.

An interview with Dr. LaTrecchia appears in the Summer 2013 issue of the USF Magazine:

She holds the position of Associate Researcher at the headquarters of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in Rome for 2014. She is a member of the Habitat Partner University Initiative Committee on Food Security representing USF at UN- Habitat.

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Courses Designed and Taught:

  • FOL 4101 Italian Food in Film (taught in English)
  • ITT 3540 Italian Culture Through Cinema (aka Italian Cultural Studies, taught in English)
  • ITT 4505 Italy & the Italian-American Experience (taught in English)
  • ITA 3234 Readings in Italian Literature and Culture (taught in Italian)
  • ITW 4100 Survey of Italian Literature I – Lineamenti di Storia e Letteratura Medievale e
    Rinascimentale (taught in Italian)
  • ITA 2240 Italian Conversation I – Italian Conversation Through Film
  • ITA 2241 Italian Conversation II – Italian Conversation Through Film
  • ITA 3420 Italian Composition