Fields: American History, European History.
Faculty: Dr. Christian Appy
Education: BA, Linguistics, Boston University; MA, Linguistics, University of Delaware; MA, English Studies, Fitchburg State University
Ross Caputi is a PhD student in Modern U.S. and Italian history, with special interests in the U.S. wars in Iraq and the social and cultural history of southern Italy. He is pursing a public history certificate with a concentration in oral history and digital history. Ross’s research on U.S. military operations in Iraq brings together elements of new military history, propaganda studies, and people’s history. He is the main author of The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (UMass Press 2019) and the director of the People’s History of Fallujah Digital Archive.
In the Italian village of Grumento Nova, Ross is combining historical linguistics with oral history methods to document this town’s endangered language and link their history of language change to their experience of modernization. This project, Memoria e Lingua Grumentina, also uses digital media to help preserve Grumento Nova’s linguistic and cultural heritage and make these resources available to the community.
Ross earned a Master’s in Linguistics from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in English Studies from Fitchburg State University. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Islah Reparations Project.