Saverio Giovacchini has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland since 2003. He is currently the director of the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland. His first book, Hollywood Modernism (Philadelphia: Temple University, 2001) centered on the intellectual history of the Hollywood community in the Thirties and Forties. Professor Giovacchini has been awarded a number of grants and was one of the 2002-2003 Fellows at Harvard University's Warren Center for Studies in American History.
His current monographic project, The Rise of Atlantis: Cultural Co-Production and the Creation of the Cinema of the West, 1945-1975, is a contribution to the debate about the cultural relations between USA and Western Europe after the Second World War, with a particular emphasis on the development of the North Atlantic film industry, film culture, and film genres, and its role in post WWII world history. An initial exploration of some of the themes of this book (the transnational genesis of the mythology of “Italiani brava gente”, “Italians nice folk,” and its role in world cinema) was articulated in his essay “Soccer with the Dead: Mediterraneo, the Legacy of Neorealismo, and the Myth of Italiani Brava Gente” in Michael Paris,ed., Repicturing World War Two (London: Palgrave, 2007).
With Robert Sklar, Saverio Giovacchini has just edited a volume of essays on the transnational history of one of the key film styles of the second postwar period, neorealism. This book, entitled Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011), will be out in 2011. Beside co-editing the volume, Giovacchini has co-written the introduction and authored one of the essays, “Living in Peace after the Massacre: Neorealism, Colonialism, and Race,” which centers on the career of the American-Italian actor John Kitzmiller. Giovacchini’s essay, “A Victory ‘Uneasy with Its Contrasts’: The Hollywood Left Fights World War II” will appear in Roy Grundmann, Cynthia Lucia, Art Simon, eds., History of American Film (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011). His essay “Tra sacro e profano. Blackness e cinema afroamericano alla fine degli anni Ottanta" has been published in Enrico Cassini La superficie e l'abisso (Rome: Aracne, 2010). Finally, “The Cosmopolitan Epics of 2004”, the result of Giovacchini’s research on the political aesthetics of recent peplum films, will appear in the Journal of Global Analysis 2: 1 ( 2011).