Richard Letteri

Professor of Communication Studies

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Dr. Letteri played a critical role in the inception of the department in 1996 and was its first chair. His areas of teaching are rhetorical and discourse theory, political communication, media and film studies, and the ideology of art, architecture, and space. He has directed and co-directed several study abroad programs to Turkey, Greece, Italy, and China. Presently, his main area of academic interest is the comparative study of Italian and Chinese film.


  • Ph.D., Ohio University
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • B.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania


  • "Deleuze's 'Cinema of the Seer': Italian Neorealism and New Chinese Cinema." The Global Studies Journal. V.4, 2011
  • "Dirty Baby: The Gender Politics of Million Dollar Baby." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. V. 29, N.2, Feb/March, 2011
  • "History, Homelessness, and Silence in Wang Xiaoshuai's Shanghai Dreams." Asian Studies Review. V.24, N.1, March 2010
  • "Realism, Hybridity and the Construction of Identity in Wang Xiaoshuai's Beijing Bicycle." Southeast Review of Asian Studies, V. 29, 2007
  • A Handbook of Public Speaking. Allyn & Bacon: Nedham Heights, MA. January, 2002.