Charles Leavitt is an associate professor of Italian who specializes in modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience.
He is co-editor of the Italianist film issue and a visiting research fellow of the University of Reading. Leavitt is currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism and has contributed to several books. His work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist.
A fellow of the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Academy, Leavitt has received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.
Leavitt earned an MA and PhD from Notre Dame.
Leavitt Receives Acclaim for Book on Neorealism, the Postwar Cinematic Movement that Influences ‘Everything’
Oct 12, 2021
A new book by Faculty Fellow Charles Leavitt IV on Italian neorealism has won the 2020 Book Prize in Visual Studies, Film and Media from the American Association of Italian Studies and is one of five finalists in American nonfiction for The Bridge / Il Ponet literary prize.