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Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi

Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi

Senior Professorial Lecturer World Languages and Cultures

Additional Positions at AU

  • Italian Language Program Director
Professor Cavaceppi teaches various levels of Italian at American University, including beginner, intermediate, advanced conversation & composition, and cultural topics courses. As the primary instructor at AU, Professor Cavaceppi supervises the independent study projects of 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.


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
CAS - World Languages and Cultures
Gray - 205
Thu. & Fri. 12:30–2:30 PM
Contact Info
(202) 885-1468
(202) 885-1076 (Fax)

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See Also
World Languages & Cultures

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


  • Spring 2019

    • ITAL-196 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Italian Culture and Society
    • Description

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

Work In Progress

Currently researching the Normans in Italy.

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.