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Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer World Languages and Cultures

Additional Positions at AU
Italian Program Director
PhD, Italian Literature, Brown University
MA, Romance Languages, 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, conversation & composition, and topics courses. As Director of the Italian Program, he supervises independent study projects and acts as faculty advisor to the AU Italian Cultural Club. A Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Cavaceppi spent his formative years in Rome and Washington, D.C., receiving a master's degree from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from Brown University for his research on medieval and Renaissance Knights Hospitaller.
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World Languages & Cultures
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Spring 2024

  • ITAL-119 Italian, Elementary II

  • ITAL-120 Italian American Culture & Exp

  • ITAL-219 Italian, Intermediate II

Fall 2024

  • ITAL-118 Italian, Elementary I

  • ITAL-118 Italian, Elementary I

  • ITAL-218 Italian, Intermediate I

  • ITAL-318 Italian Convers & Comp I

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- and twenty-first-century Italian literature and 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 

Work In Progress

Currently researching the Hospitallers in Central Europe.

Selected Publications

Ranieri Moore Cavaceppi, <<Hospitaller Aesthetics: The Self-Fashioning of a Supranational Military Religious Order>>, L’esthétique des chevaliers-hospitaliers, ou comment un ordre religieux et militaire façonne son imageÉtudes Épistémè [En ligne], 39 | 2021,