Giovanna Dell’Orto

Learning to Hope: Schools, refugee teens, and the future of integration

Short Bio

Giovanna Dell’Orto, Ph.D., is a journalist and academic with more than two decades of experience researching international migration. From 2019-2021, as a National Geographic Society Explorer grantee, she led international teams of Pulitzer-winning photojournalists, writers, videographers and educators in two projects about the education and integration of refugee teens in six countries along the world’s busiest migration routes in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. As a journalist for The Associated Press, where she is currently a global religion reporter, she has written from six continents, covering issues as diverse as deadly border crossings and faith observances among Afghan evacuees. As a tenured associate professor in mass communication at the University of Minnesota (United States), she has taught and researched the interplay of news and international affairs. She is the author or senior editor of six scholarly books, including two monographs published by Cambridge University Press and two edited volumes about migration published by Routledge. Fluent in four languages, she has presented more than 60 papers at major scholarly conferences in mass communication and political science, and given more than 80 invited presentations in over a dozen countries.