Martino Lovato works on the intersection between Italian, French and Arabic literature and cinema. His scholarly interests include the Mediterranean as an interdisciplinary regional framework, narratives of border crossing, translation, medievalism and historiography in historical novels. At Mount Holyoke, he teaches language, literature, and cinema at the departments of Italian Studies and Romance Languages and Cultures. In Spring 2017, he taught an interdisciplinary course entitled "Caput Mundi? Reading Italian literature, history, and culture between Europe and the Mediterranean".
Lovato’s writings on Merzak Allouache and Leo Africanus appeared in The Mediterranean Review and the Echi Oltremare Conference 2011 Proceedings. He also wrote several book reviews for the E3W Review of Books. In his currently working on his first book project, in which he studies the contemporary Mediterranean through novels and films in Italian, French, and Arabic. He focuses on border crossing, conflict, religion and history, love, comparison, and translation, to propose an interdisciplinary approach to literature and cinema across diverse societies and cultural traditions in the region.
Lovato translated several scholarly articles from English and French into Italian and a welcome orientation guide for refugees in the US, from English into Arabic. He believes in community projects. He co-organized play productions in Italian and French and participated in the community-based ITAL project at the University of Texas at Austin. In Cairo, he founded ITACA, the Italian Students Association at AUC.