Leonardo Proietti received his Masters of Arts in Italian in 2013 from the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA) with a thesis on the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni analyzed through the visual language of Modern art.
His primary interests are in Italian cultural studies, with a particular focus on visual culture, including film, art, and fashion.
At Johns Hopkins he teaches courses in Italian language and culture. The latter explore themes like Italian food culture, Italian travel through the experience of the Grand Tour, and the history of fashion “Made in Italy.” The classes are designed to approach cultural material critically, including visual culture at the intersection of power, gender, and politics.
Before beginning his career as a teacher, he worked in public relations and in the art world, including as an independent art curator and as curatorial assistant both in private galleries and a museum (Santa Monica Museum of Art). He also has contributed for years to the Italian art magazines Exibart and Artribune, where he writes art reviews primarily as a correspondent from the United States.