Michael Petitti

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Michael Petitti


Dr. Michael Petitti is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Thematic Option Honors Program. In Thematic Option, Dr. Petitti teaches courses on literature, film, cultural studies, and writing. He also works with the Prison Education Project (PEP) to teach an introductory film studies course. In addition, Dr. Petitti teaches a summer course on food and class in Los Angeles, and he hosts a revolving film screening series (Tunnel Vision) with an array of special guests. His specializations are cultural studies, film, literature and critical theory, and food studies. 


  • BA English/Creative Writing, Univ Arizona
  • MA English Literature, Loyola Marymount Univ
  • Ph.D. Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Associate Professor (Teaching), USC, 2016-
  • Book Chapters

    • Petitti, M. (2020). “An Artist Under the Influence: United Artists and Woody Allen”. United Artists: Routledge Hollywood Centenary Seri
    • Petitti, M. (2018). “‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ The Case of William Castle’s THE NIGHT WALKER”. ReFocus: The Films of William Castle

    Journal Article

    • Petitti, M. (2022). “It was a scene of life in the rough”: Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Camp, and Paracinema. European Journal of American Studies.
    • From Pueblo to Postmates: Food and Class in Los Angeles, Thematic Option, 05/2018 –