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A.J. Caschetta

Senior Lecturer
1324 Gosnell Annex
(585) 475-5405
BA, Nazareth College of Rochester
MA, University of Missouri
M. Phil., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

At New York University I studied the effects of the French Revolution and Reign of Terror on British society. After 9/11, I began focusing on the rhetoric of radical Islamists and on Western academic narratives explaining Islamist terrorism. In 2014 I was named a fellow of the Middle East Forum, and in 2015 I was named a Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum. I teach literature classes in the English Department and a class cross-listed with the Political Science Department titled "The Rhetoric of Terrorism". 

"Does Islam Have a Role in Suicide Terrorism?" Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2015:

"The Hollow Cry of McCarthyism" Inside Higher Ed, July 2, 2105:

"Let's Unfriend ISIS" Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, February 25, 2015:

"Are Muslims the New Jews?" Jihad Watch, May 8, 2015:

"Leave Holocaust Out of Climate Debate" Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, May 20, 2014:

"The Taliban's Enablers" Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2013:

"Writing the bin Laden Story" Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2013:

Book Reviews and other articles are listed at:

Job Posting: Tenure Track

This year, we are hiring for a tenure track position in Digital Writing and New Media Production. Check out the job announcement here!

Creative Writing Awards!

Join us on April 22nd at 4:00PM in the SAU Reading Room for our annual Creative Writing Awards! Writer David Schickler is our guest speaker, along with live readings from our CW award winners...

To submit your work for the CW awards:

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