Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian
Dept. of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Arkansas
Dr. Ryan Calabretta-Sajder is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he teaches courses in Italian, Film, and Gender Studies. He is the author of the forthcoming book Divergenze in celluloidi: colore, migrazione e identità sessuale nei film gay di Ferzan Ozpetek (Celluloid Divergences: Color, Migration, and Sexual Identity in the Gay Series of Ferzan Ozpetek) and editor of the forthcoming collections of essays, Pasolini’s Lasting Impressions: Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini. His research interests include the integration of gender, class, and migration in both Italian and Italian American literature and cinema. He has recently been awarded one of four Fulbright Awards for the Fondazione con il Sud, to conduct research and teach at the University of Calabria, Arcavacata in the Spring of 2017 along with the Italian Diaspora Summer School co-sponsored by the John D Calandra Italian American Institute and the University of Calabria.
Calabretta-Sajder is currently the Director of Communications for the American Association of Teachers of Italian, the President of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honors Society, the Co-chair for the Committee of Graduate Students in the Profession for the Modern Language Association, and Secretary/Treasurer of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators. In May 2015 he received a research grant from the South Central MLA Association to conduct archival research on Italian American authors at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.