Ryan Calabretta-Sajder

Director of Communication


Department of World Languages, Literatures and Culture
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Tel: (847) 217-1630
E-mail: rcalabretta@gmail.com


Dr. Ryan Calabretta-Sajder is currently 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 Divergenze in celluloide: 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) with Mimesis editore and editor of the collections of essays, Pasolini’s Lasting Impressions: Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Italian Americans On Screen: Challenging the Past, Re-Theorizing the Future with Alan Gravano (Lexington Press, 2020). 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 Foundation of the South to conduct research and teach at the University of Calabria, Arcavacata for the Spring of 2017.  His next research project examines the visual, semiotic, and affect foodways provokes in Italian and Italian American cinema.


Calabretta-Sajder is currently the Director of Communication for the American Association of Teachers of Italian, the President of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honors Society, an Executive Committee member of the Italian American Studies Association, Secretary/Treasurer of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators, and has been a member of the Committee of Graduate Students in the Profession for the Modern Language Association. He currently serves on the AP Italian Development Committee along with the Osservatorio nazionale. 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.