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Dr Giovanna Dell'Orto

Dr Giovanna Dell'Orto

Giovanna Dell'Orto

Dr Giovanna Dell'Orto

School of Journalism 204 Murphy Hall 206 Church St SE


Giovanna Dell'Orto is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research focuses on international mass communication history, particularly the role of the media and mediated discourses in international affairs, historically and currently. In 2013, she published two books in this area: "American Journalism and International Relations" (Cambridge University Press, 2013), a monograph on the interplay between US foreign correspondence and foreign policy over 160 years, and "Reporting at the Southern Borders" (Routledge, 2013), an edited volume on journalism and immigration at the southern frontiers of the US and the EU.

Dr. Dell'Orto received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She has also worked as reporter and editor for The Associated Press, most recently in the capacity of immigration reporter. She is the author of two monographs ("Giving Meanings to the World", 2002, and "The Hidden Power of the American Dream", 2008), which dealt with international journalism and its ability to construct images across national borders. Together with Professor Emerita Hazel Dicken-Garcia, she has also authored a book about journalists' understanding of First Amendment rights, "Hated Ideas and the American Civil War Press" (2007).


  • international mass communication
  • mass communication history
  • journalistic practices and standards in history
  • print journalism
  • international relations

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2004.


  • American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era. Dell'Orto, Giovanna, Cambridge University Press, Author, 2013.
  • Reporting at the Southern Borders: Journalism and Public Debates on Immigration in the U.S. and the E.U.. Dell'Orto, Giovanna, Vicki L. Birchfield, Routledge, Co-Editor, 2013.
  • The Hidden Power of the American Dream: Why Europe‚Äôs Shaken Confidence in the United States Threatens the Future of U.S. Influence. Dell'Orto, Giovanna, Praeger Security International, Author, 2008.
  • Giving Meanings to the World: The First U.S. Foreign Correspondents, 1838-1859. Dell'Orto, Giovanna, Greenwood Publishing Group, Author, 2002.
  • Hated Ideas and the American Civil War Press. Dell'Orto, Giovanna, Hazel Dicken-Garcia, Marquette Books, Author, 2007.
  • Go Big or Stay Home: Why Journalism Historians Matter to Understanding International Affairs: Dell'Orto, Giovanna, American Journalism, 30/3 301-307, 2013.
  • The Arrest and Trial of Clement L. Vallandigham in 1863: Dell'Orto, Giovanna, David Sachsman, Kittrel Rushing and Robert Morris (eds.), Purdue University Press, Words at War: The Civil War and American Journalism, 2009.
  • The U.S. via the Net: The Death of (Critical) Distance?: Dell'Orto, Giovanna, Angela Schorr and Stefan Seltmann (eds.), Pabst Science Publishers, Changing Media Markets in Europe and Abroad, 2006.

Research Activities

  • History of International Correspondence: Primary research about about US foreign correspondents, their histories, discourses and impact on foreign relations (Grant-in-Aid support)
  • Covering the Borders: Primary research and course development about journalism and public debates over immigration in the United States and the European Union (CGES grant support)
  • The Media and Transatlantic Affairs: Continued primary research in Europe's discourse about the United States

Professional Activities

  • Newswoman: Reporter and editor for The Associated Press, Minneapolis, Rome (Italy), Phoenix and Atlanta , June 1999 - September 2007

Courses Taught

  • JOUR8602: Seminar, History of Mass Communication
  • JOUR8681: Seminar: Media and Globalization
  • JOUR5601W: History of Journalism
  • JOUR3007 The Media in American History and Law: Case Studies
  • JOUR3614: History of Media Communication
  • JOUR3991: Reporting from Spain and Morocco: Journalism and Immigration
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