Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi
Senior Professorial Lecturer
World Languages and Cultures
Additional Positions at AUCoordinator of the Italian Language Program
- Professor Cavaceppi teaches various levels of Italian at American University, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced conversation and composition courses. As the primary instructor at AU, he promotes Italian studies by fostering interest in its culture, by inviting guest speakers to the university, and by supervising the independent study projects of undergraduate students. He is also the faculty advisor to the AU Italian Club. A Fulbright Fellow and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Cavaceppi received an MA in Italian Literature from the University of North Carolina and a PhD from Brown University for his research on Italian Renaissance Knights Hospitaller. He spent his formative years in both Rome and Washington, DC. During the last eighteen years, Professor Cavaceppi has also taught Italian at Brown, UNC, and the Upward Bound Program. Additionally, he was the Assistant Director of the Brown in Bologna Program, coordinating the daily activities of study abroad students in Italy.
DegreesPhD, Italian Literature, Brown University
MA, Italian Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, European History, University of Pennsylvania
Languages Spoken:Fluent in English and Italian; reading knowledge of French and Latin
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Partnerships & Affiliations
Modern Language Association (MLA)
1996 to present
1999 to present
American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
2005 to present
American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)
2005 to present
Medieval Academy of America
2012 to present
Renaissance Society of America
2012 to present
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Professor Cavaceppi researches sixteenth-century Italian Hospitaller Knights, examining their writings and iconography. He also studies twentieth-century literature and modern cinema.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- 2008, AU Department of World Languages and Cultures written commendation for excellent teaching evaluations
- 2000-01, Brown University Research Fellowship
- 1998-99, Fulbright Fellow
- 1997-98 Brown University Presidential Graduate Teaching Award Finalist
Work In Progress
Currently researching Knights Hospitaller spirituality.
The Bitterness of Teofilo Folengo: A Reconsideration of Orlandino. A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Romance Languages, under the direction of Dr. Ennio Rao, 1996.
Fra Sabba da Castiglione: The Self-Fashioning of a Renaissance Knight Hospitaller. A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Italian Studies at Brown University, under the direction of Dr. Ronald L. Martinez, 2011.