Edward Bowen, Ph.D.

Advanced Lecturer, Italian
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2068
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Edward Bowen specializes in Italian film history, and he is particularly interested in the fields of film exhibition, reception, and distribution. His dissertation examines the phenomenon of cinema closures in Italy in the new millennium, the attachments that residents have to historic cinemas, and the role that cinema reuse in Rome has played in urban politics. He has forthcoming articles on adult film exhibition in the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and on early 18th century Italian book history in Textual Cultures. He is currently preparing an edited volume on the cinema of Ettore Scola with co-editor Rémi Lanzoni for Wayne State University Press. Bowen has experience working as an editorial assistant for several journals of Italian literature and film, including Italica, Quaderni del ‘900, and Rivista luci e ombre. He has taught language, cinema, and culture courses at five different universities and he has also worked for study abroad in Tuscany. In 2008, he founded “Italy’s Young Talent”, a traveling showcase of Italian short films which was hosted by numerous universities in the United States.  


Ph.D. in Italian, Indiana University, 2015

M.A. in Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

M.A. in History, Wake Forest University, 2000

B.A. in History, James Madison University, 1998



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