Daniel Evan Paul

Assistant Professor, French & Italian

3141 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

As a wise colleague once put it, “leaving university without taking foreign language courses leaves students ill-prepared for the 21st century.” I firmly believe this to be true and I use my teaching to help students develop skills that will allow them to become global citizens in an ever-interconnected world. I believe this task is best accomplished when students are actively engaged in the classroom and take ownership of their learning. I strive to design my courses around these principles.


My current research focuses on representations of masculinity in Italian cinema and culture. More broadly, my research interests include gender and sexuality studies, disabilities studies, trauma theory, and (trans)national identities. In general, I study Italian literature and (popular) culture, including film, television, and digital media and streaming platforms (e.g. Netflix). I am also interested in the emerging academic medium of the video essay.

Selected Publications

“Double Take: The Godfather: Scene Analysis – The Finale.” Mafia Movies: A Reader, 2nd Edition. Edited by Dana Renga. University of Toronto Press, August 2019.

“Conference Report: ‘Italian Screen Studies: Methods and Priorities’, Joint conference of AAIS and CSIS, The Ohio State University, 20-22 April 2017”, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 235-240.

“Marking Their Territory: Male Adolescence Abroad in Recent Italian Teen Film”, California Italian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-18 (Online, https://cloudfront.escholarship.org/dist/prd/content/qt6w37g1w9/qt6w37g1w9.pdf?t=p4pwzg).


In the past, I’ve been heavily involved with organizing national conferences for professional organizations. I enjoy this aspect of academic service because it allows me to interact with a variety of people and to work behind the scenes in planning a successful event. I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I see my hours of work come to fruition in the form of a conference. Doing the leg work also gives me lots of opportunities to help others when problems arise.

Citizenship assignments

Italian Advisor
French & Italian Gift Fund Committee
Visiting Scholar Committee
Italian Library Acquisitions Liaison
Responsible for Department Webpage and Social Media