Edward Bowen specializes in Italian film history, urban politics, and contemporary Italian culture. 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 recently published an article on the history of adult film exhibition in the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and he has forthcoming articles and book chapters on the following topics: film culture at a Roman cinema palace during the fascist period, trade stories of independent Italian cinema as presented in media paratexts, and the political activism of filmmaker Ettore Scola. Along with Rémi Lanzoni, Bowen is co-editing a volume titled The Cinema of Ettore Scola for Wayne State University Press.
At KU, he has taught the following courses: Italy and the Italians, Introduction to Italian Literature and Textual Analysis, The Migrant Experience, Florence: Portrait of a City, Advanced Composition and Conversation, Contemporary Italian Cinema, and Intermediate Italian II. His courses are interdisciplinary in focus and feature a variety of readings from the following fields: history, literature, art history, urban geography, and political science.
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