Ryan Calabretta-Sajder is Assistant Professor and Section Head 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 Özpetek [Celluloid Divergences: Color, Migration, and Sexual Identity in the Gay Series of Ferzan Özpetek] (2016) and editor of Pasolini’s Lasting Impressions: Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini (2018). He is co-editor of Theorizing the Italian Diaspora: Selected Essays (2018) with IASA, Italian Americans On Screen: Challenging the Past, Re-Theorizing the Future (2020) and Italian Americans on the Page (forthcoming).
His research interests include the integration of gender, class, and migration in both Italian and Italian American literature and cinema, as well as teaching Italian language and culture through Digital Humanities and Virtual Reality. In Spring 2017, he was awarded one of four Fulbright Awards for the Foundation of the South to conduct research and teach at the University of Calabria, Arcavacata. He is currently working on two authored, book-length projects, one exploring the Italian American gay author Robert Ferro who died of AIDS complications in 1988 and the second on the Algerian Italian author Amara Lakhous.
He is currently the President of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, President of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the Italian National Honors Society, and founding editor of Diasporic Italy: The Journal of the Italian American Studies Association.