Jonathan J. Cavallero
Pettigrew Hall, Room 307
Prof. Cavallero teaches Film Theory and Criticism at Bates. His research interests include race/ethnicity and media; film and television history; Hollywood film; Bollywood; media authorship; U.S. cultural history; and multiculturalism and pedagogy.
Cavallero’s writing has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Film and Video, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, MELUS, Italianamericana, and VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. His book titled Hollywood’s Italian American Filmmakers: Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino was published by the University of Illinois Press in May, 2011. Cavallero has taught at University of Arkansas, Penn State University and Indiana University, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award In 2006 (for “Introduction to Media”) and in 2007 (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.