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Barbara Ottaviani Jones: Faculty and Staff

Barbara Ottaviani Jones
Director of Study Abroad, International Students Academic Advisor, Italian Language, Humanities Department, Communication Department, International Students Club Advisor


Academic Affairs
First Year Advisor

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Doctoral Candidate, Middlebury College, VA, USA. DML (Doctorate Modern Languages).

B.A.& M.A. University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy. (Performance Arts, with concentration on Film Studies) 

Post-Graduate Diploma, University Guglielmo Marconi, Rome, Italy. (Italian Literature: Elements of Teaching)

Courses Taught

ITA 101

ITA 102

ITA 201

COM Italian Cinema

COM Comedy in Films

COM Alternative Cinema

COM French Cinema

Background and Research Interests

Professor Ottaviani Jones has been teaching part-time Film Studies, and Italian Language and Culture at Flagler College since 2009. Her graduate research at Middlebury College, Vermont is on Neorealism and the critical reception of the most important Italian Cinema period. She is fluent in English and Italian, with a deep understanding of the Spanish, French, and Latin languages.    

Professor Ottaviani Jones started positions as Director of Study Abroad and Academic Advisor for International students in 2012. She also achieved the Certificate of Completion for Core Education Program in the same year from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. 

Before starting her academic career at Flagler College in 2009, she had experience working as translator for the Italian Consulate of Foreign Trade.

As a film theorist with a heavy background in linguistic and interdisciplinary subjects, she is dedicated to exploring visual cultural representation through research, methodological development, and possible applied production, with an emphasis on literature, independent and art film. 

Research Interests:

Italian culture: language, literature, cinema, representation of Italian culture in American films; linguistics and the evolution of languages; independent, art, experimental films, and cerebral films; connection between text and film script; studies in auteur filmmaking; film aesthetics; semiotics and psychoanalysis in film; film and media production; Sociology, gender, and race in films; the rhetoric of the frame; comedy genre and theory in cinema.

Her current research focus on films continues while also developing additionally a high-impact course on languages.

Professional and Creative Activity:

  • Presented her work at the annual Symposium of New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema at the Indiana University of Bloomington
  • Member of AATI (American Association Italian Teachers)
  • Collaborator for Rivista Luci e Ombre, periodical specialized in Italian Cinema  
  • Published in Film and Religion magazine on an Italian contemporary film
  • Published in Rivista Luci e Ombre on an Italian director 
  • Founder of the St. Augustine Italian Club February, 2009 – Present
  • Collaborator of the St. Augustine Film Association
  • Study on Minority Cultures in the U.S.  
  • Extensive travel experience, including regions of Europe, North America, Central America, Canada, Egypt and the Caribbean Islands 
  • Fundraising events promoter and organizer: beach volleyball tournaments to benefit a local charity 
  • Published review on an Italian book for the North East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Awards- Director Prize for Academic Excellence and the Mario G. and Katrina Tanner Vangeli Memorial Prize for outstanding performance as a student, Scuola Italiana at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT – Summer 2014