Richard Bonanno, Ph.D.

Professor of Italian

508-767-7120 Founders Hall - Room 222

Degrees Earned

B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; 1989, 
M.A., Rutgers University; 1996, 
Ph.D., Rutgers University; 2000

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Italian Language and Culture, levels I-V
Introduction to Italian Literature
Italian Civilization and Culture
Boccaccio’s Decameron
Dante’s Comedy
Italian Cinema
Honors: Life Stories

Publications & Editorships

Book translations

Daesh and the Terrorist Threat: from the Middle East to Europe. Ed. H. Giusto, Foundation 

for European Progressive Studies/Fondazione Italianieuropei: Brussels, 2015. 

Treccani: 90 Anni di Cultura Italiana 1925-2015. Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana: Loreto, 

2015. 

Articles and essays in books and journals

“‘Fabrizio, traduci per me’: Language, Power and the Other in Mario Puzo’s The 

Godfather” (Forthcoming in Translating for [and from] the Italian Screen: Dubbing 

and Subtitles. Bordighera Press: New York)

“On the Founding and Legacy of St. Michael Cemetery, Boston’s Italian-American 

Burial Ground,” Voices in Italian Americana, 29:2, Fall 2018. 22-27

“Interview with Joe Castiglione, the Voice of the Boston Red Sox,” Italian Americana, Summer 2018. 173-182

“What to Learn from a Tale of Building a ‘Campus’ and Academic Program in Italy,” 

Beyond, Volume 1, 2018. 116-121

“Cloistered Bodies and Open Minds in Boccaccio’s Decameron,” in Donne del 

Mediterraneo. Saggi Interdisciplinari. Ed. M. Marino and G. Spani. Società 

Editrice Fiorentina, Firenze 2017. 69-81

“Sculptural Form and the Love Theme in Michelangelo's Rime,” Italian Quarterly, 

Spring 2003. 5-16

“From Corleone to Cinisi: Righting Mafia Fictions through Documentary Film,” Voices 

in Italian Americana, 12:2, 2001. 139-149

“Sotto la Serica Scorza del Poeta: Poliziano as Model in Michelangelo's Rime,” NEMLA 

Studies, Volume XXIII-XXIV, 1999-2001. 5-34

“Unpropitious Emphasis on Escape: Gabriele Salvatores' Mediterraneo,” La Fusta, 

Volume 12, Spring 1998. 72-82 

Book Reviews

Baseball Italian Style, by Lawrence Baldassaro, Sports Publishing: New York, 2018 in Italian 

Americana, Summer 2018. 238-240

History of the Renaissance, by Virginia Cox, I.B. Taurus: London, 2015 in Italian Culture, 

Volume 35:2, September 2016. 111-113

No Respect, by Gerard Malanga, Black Sparrow Press: Santa Rosa, 2001 in Italian

Americana, 23:1, 2005. 121-122

Two Blind Pigeons, by Joe Pernice, Ashmont Books: Boston, 2001 in Voices in Italian 

Americana, Volume 14:1, Spring 2003. 120-123 

Other publications

“A Shared Strategy,” by Claudia Mancina. Trans. Richard Bonanno. The Progressive Post, 

Issue 9, Summer 2018. 79-80
 

Presentations

“‘La lussuria par v’insegni’: Appunti Carnali sull’Opera Michelangiolesca,” Seminario Letteratura e Peccato, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallora, Spain, 2019

“Brama di Potere ne il Padrino di Mario Puzo,” Seminario Letteratura e Peccato, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallora, Spain, 2018

“Cloistered Bodies and Open Minds in the Decameron,” Women of the Mediterranean: Representations and Self-Representations . Sorrento, 2016. 

“Global Education in the Third Millennium: Study Abroad Programs and Sending Institutions in Dialogue,” Roundtable Discussion Presenter, American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), Baton Rouge, 2016 

“Italia, Paese di Migranti,” Società Dante Alighieri/Istituzione Biblioteca Malatestiana, Cesena, 2015 

“Da studente e docente: Stati Uniti/Italia. Due sistemi universitari a confront” Joint presentation with Prof. Luciano Margara, Coordinatore Campus Universitario Cesena, Società Dante Alighieri/Istituzione Biblioteca Malatestiana, Cesena, 2014 

“Michelangelo Scrittore” Società Dante Alighieri, Cesena, 2013 

“Boston's Italian Burial Ground: St. Michael Cemetery,” Italian American Studies Association (IASA), 2013. 

“Permanence and Assimilation in Boston's Italian Community: the Case of St. Michael Cemetery,” Echioltremare, co-sponsored by

New Echoes and Voices in Italian Studies and the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, 2013 

"Peace and Peacemaking in Gabriele Salvatores’ “Mediterraneo,” Mediterranean Studies Association, Corfu, Greece, 2011. 

"Death Memorials in Boston’s Italian Community," Mediterranean Studies Association, Salamanca, Spain, 2010. 

"Michelangelo and Malady," Mediterranean Studies Association, Sardegna, Italy 2009. 

"L’utile et dulce nel Decameron," American Association of Italian Studies, Taormina, Italy 2008. 

"Rereading Boccaccio’s 'Masetto da Lamporecchio,'” Mediterranean Studies Association, Evora, Portugal 2007. 

"Frank Capra and Sicily," Mediterranean Studies Association, Genoa, Italy 2006. 

"New Orleans’ Sicilians and Their Contribution to the Development of Jazz," Mediterranean Studies Association, Messina, Italy 2005. 

"Dominic James ‘Nick' LaRocca and New Orleans’ Italian-American Jazz Pioneers," AAIS, Ottawa, 2004. 

"A Constructive Approach to Teaching Language and Literature," AAIS, Washington, D.C., 2003. 

"Il cinema studentesco: Filmmaking as a Tool for Teaching Literature," AATI, Toronto, 2002. 

"Pondering Art, Love, and Form in Michelangelo’s 'Rime,'" Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Denver, 2001. 

"Hides and Hearts in the Poetry of Michelangelo," AATI, Boston, 2000. 

"Poliziano as Model in Michelangelo’s ‘Rime,'" NEMLA, Pittsburgh, 1999. 

"Incorporating Video Materials into the Classroom," ACTFL/AATI, Nashville, 1997. 

"Mediterraneo: Tragicomic Fascist Catharsis, Focusing the Kaleidoscope of Italian Cinema," Rutgers University, 1996.
 

Grants and Awards

Faculty Development Grants, Assumption College, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015

Instructional Technology Mini Grant, Assumption College, 2012

Michael O'Shea Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Assumption College, 2010 

Technology in Teaching Mellon Grant, Skidmore College, 1999-2001

UNICO, Fellowship Award Recipient, W. Orange, NJ, 1998

Department of Italian Senior Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1997

Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1997

Teaching Excellence Center Grant Recipient, Rutgers University,1995

Joseph E. Laggini Scholarship Award Recipient, Rutgers University, 1994

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of Italian, AATI

American Association of Italian Studies, AAIS

Mediterranean Studies Association, MSA

Italian American Studies Association, IASA

Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, AACUPI

American Boccaccio Association, ABA