Giorgio Bertellini is Professor in Film, Television, and Media and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Born in Mantua, Italy, he studied philosophy in Milan and cinema studies in New York, where he earned a PhD from the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU).
Author of a monograph (1996; rev. and expanded ed. 2011; English ed. 2014; Romanian trans. 2017) and editor of an anthology of critical writings (1995) on Sarajevo-born director Emir Kusturica, he has published numerous essays on questions of geographic, racial, and national space in Italian and silent cinema. His work has appeared in three dozen anthologies and in such journals as Cinema Journal, Early Popular Visual Culture, Film History, Film Quarterly, The Italian American Review, The Journal of Urban History, Kintop, Urban History, and The Velvet Light Trap, among others.
Editor of “The Cinema of Italy” (Wallflower Press, 2004; 2007) and co-editor (with Richard Abel and Rob King) of “The Nation/National in Early Cinema” (John Libbey, 2008), he is the author of “Italy in Early American Cinema: Race, Landscape, and the Picturesque” (Indiana University Press, 2010), winner of the American Association for Italian Studies Book Award and of the Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book sponsored by the Canadian Association of American Studies. The book also received a Finalist Mention from the American Studies Association for the Lora Romero Prize/First Book Award (2010) and a Short List Mention from the Modernist Studies Association for its 2010 Book Award.
His recent collection, “Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader” (John Libbey, 2013), was the winner of the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association’s 2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award in the category of Film and Television. It was also “Shortlisted and Highly Commended” for the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s Best Moving Image Book Award, 2014 and a Finalist for the 2013 Richard Wall Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association (New York).
Translated into Chinese, French, Romanian, Spanish, Italian, and Slovenian, his work has been supported by the Michigan Society of Fellows, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Fondazione Bellonci, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard, and the American Philosophical Society.
He is currently Associate Editor of the The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and co-editor (with Richard Abel and Matthew Solomon) of the book series Cinema Cultures in Contact, published by the University of California Press.