Professor Orsitto is the Director of the Italian and Italian American program. Born in Turin, Italy, he holds a Laurea/BA in Italian literature (1998) and a Laurea/BA in film and media studies (2001) from the University of Turin. In 2000 he moved to the United States to teach at Connecticut College. In 2003 he earned a Master of Arts in Italian at the University of Connecticut, and in 2004 he received a Master in Film Studies from the University of Turin. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Connecticut.
He has conducted research and published on Italian cinema and literature, and he is currently working on Italian American cinema and post-national Italian cinema. His teaching expertise encompasses the whole range of Italian Language, Literature, Culture and Cinema. Before coming to the United States, he lived in Nice (on the French Riviera) and traveled quite extensively, spending time in Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, and basically everywhere in Europe. When he is not traveling, watching a film, or driving his convertible, he is probably cooking some Italian dish.