Jonathan J. Cavallero
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Pettigrew Hall, Room 307
Professor Cavallero teaches Film and Television Studies at Bates. His research interests include race/ethnicity and media; film and television history; film festivals; Hollywood film; Bollywood; media authorship; U.S. cultural history; and multiculturalism and pedagogy.
Cavallero’s writing has appeared in such journals as Cinema Journal, The Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Film and Video, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, MELUS, and Italian American Review. His book titled Hollywood’s Italian American Filmmakers: Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2011. Cavallero has taught at University of Arkansas, Penn State University and Indiana University, where he was a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (once for “Introduction to Media” and once for “Public Speaking”).
His interest in studying Italian Americans springs from his own Italian American background. Cavallero’s great grandparents immigrated to the US with their families between 1910 and 1912. As a third generation Italian American growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and Philadelphia, Cavallero often looked to the movies and television for a sense of cultural definition.