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Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi Senior Professorial Lecturer World Languages and Cultures

Additional Positions at AU
Coordinator of the Italian Language Program
PhD, Italian Studies, Brown University
MA, Italian Literature, University of North Carolina
BA, European History, University of Pennsylvania

Languages Spoken
Fluent in English and Italian; reading knowledge of French and Latin
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, Professor Cavaceppi supervises the independent study projects of undergraduate students and fulfills the role of faculty advisor to the AU Italian Club. A Fulbright Fellow and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he spent his formative years in Rome and Washington, DC. Professor Cavaceppi received an MA in Italian Literature from the University of North Carolina and a PhD from Brown University for his research on medieval and Renaissance Knights Hospitaller.
See Also
World Languages & Cultures
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
    2005 to present

  • American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)
    2005 to present

  • Fulbright Association
    1999 to present

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
    1996 to present

  • Renaissance Society of America
    2012 to present

  • Medieval Academy of America
    2012 to present

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Cavaceppi researches fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Hospitaller Knights, examining their writings and iconography.  He also studies twentieth-century Italian literature and modern cinema. 


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2015-16, National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) on Campus Fellow
  • 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

Selected Publications

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.

Work In Progress

Currently researching the Normans in Italy.