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A.J. Caschetta

Principal Lecturer
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5405
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A.J. Caschetta

Principal Lecturer
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Nazareth College of Rochester; MA, University of Missouri; Ph.D., New York University

Bio

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".

585-475-5405

Currently Teaching

ENGL-360
3 Credits
This course will focus on academic writing specifically, the arguments presented in different fields and professions about issues of significance. Students will learn about the rhetorical, ethical, emotional, historical and logical elements of persuasion as they relate to written and visual arguments and they will practice making claims, providing evidence, exploring underlying assumptions and anticipating counter-arguments as they relate to different audiences. In addition to argument analyses, students will develop arguments of their own through inquiry-based essays.
ENGL-333
3 Credits
This class examines the history of terrorism (both the concept and the term), definitions of terrorism and attempts to explain the root causes of terrorism through rhetorical and ethical analysis of narratives written by historians, journalists, and terrorists themselves. Students will read and discuss charters, manifestoes and messages (terrorism texts) of domestic and foreign, regional and global, non-state entities motivated by politics or religion to commit violence, as well as the efforts of analysts to explain and contextualize their activities.
ENGL-210
3 Credits
Students will study literary and cultural texts selected from traditional literature to contemporary media and culture (including mythology, poetry, plays, novels, film, graphic novels, television, and digital literature). Students will analyze these texts from a variety of perspectives and become familiar with the history of debates about literature and/or culture as arenas of human experience. Individual sections will vary in their foci.
POLS-333
3 Credits
This class examines the history of terrorism (both the concept and the term), definitions of terrorism and attempts to explain the root causes of terrorism through rhetorical and ethical analysis of narratives written by historians, journalists, and terrorists themselves. Students will read and discuss charters, manifestoes and messages (terrorism texts) of domestic and foreign, regional and global, non-state entities motivated by politics or religion to commit violence, as well as the efforts of analysts to explain and contextualize their activities.

Select Scholarship

Published Review
Caschetta, A.J. "Review." Rev. of Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education, by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog. Middle East Quarterly Jan. 2018: NA. Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. "Review." Rev. of Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad, by Malcolm Nance and Chris Sampson. Middle East Quarterly Apr. 2018: NA. Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. Rev. of Words Are Weapons: Inside ISIS's Rhetoric of Terror, by Philippe-Jose Salazar. Middle East Quarterly Oct. 2018: NA. Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. Rev. of "The Engineers of Jihad: the Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education", by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog. The Middle East Quarterly Winter Dec. 2017: Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. "Review of Talking through the Door: An Anthology of Contemporary Middle Eastern American Writing." Rev. of Talking through the Door: An Anthology of Contemporary Middle Eastern American Writing, ed. Susan Atefat-Peckham. Middle East Quarterly Winter 2015: Web. ˜
Journal Paper
Caschetta, A.J. "A New Era at the State Department?" Modern Diplomacy. February 25 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Saudi Arabia-Middle East Studies Love Affair Is Over." New English Review. March 19 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "What Will Middle East Studies Do Without Alwaleed bin Talal?" The Jerusalem Post. March 21 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Palestinians' Kite Jihad." The Algemeiner. April 24 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Any North Korean Nuclear Deal Must Involve Iran’s Nuclear Program." The Hill. May 2 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Trump Hasn’t Earned a Nobel, But the Peshmerga Have." The Hill. May 10 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Democrats’ Misplaced Outrage Over Gina Haspel." New English Review. May 16 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The True Commander in Tweet." The Hill. May 19 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "New Developments in Suicide Terrorism." Jihad Watch. May 24 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Folly of Proportionate Warfare." American Spectator. May 25 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Palestinians Hoisted By Their Own Petard." Jewish News Syndicate. May 30 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "No Surprise that MESA Opposes the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act." Jewish News Syndicate. June 11 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Kuwait Seizes the Palestinian Cause." The Jerusalem Post,. June 16 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "What Pnina Peri Tells Us About Israel Studies." American Spectator. June 29 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Jewish Voice for Palestine." The Tower. July 5 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Exploring Sharia Law and Radical Islam." The Algemeiner. August 15 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Has the State Department Finally Given Up its Palestinian Fantasies?" Washington Examiner. September 20 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Erdogan’s Revolution Looks Like Khomeini’s – In Slow Motion." The Gatestone Institute. October 10 (2018): NA. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Why Are U.S. Academics Attending a Conference Led by a Terror Supporter in Erdogan’s Turkey?" The Tower. October 22 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Whitewashing of Jamal Khashoggi, Friend of Osama bin Laden." Jewish News Syndicate. October 23 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Iran as a Crazy State." New English Review. November (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies: Ramallah on the Hudson." The Tower. November 19 (2018): NA. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "There's Nothing New About the Palestinian Days of Rage." The Algeimener. December 24 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Real Obama Legacy." The Daily Caller. January 5 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Is Judith Butler the New Edward Said?" The American Thinker. January 14 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Curious Cases of Anti-Muslim Backlash That Turned Out to Be False." Independent Journala Review. March 9 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Lessons of Omar Abdel Rahman." The Hill. March 9 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "An End to the Grievance-Based Approach." The Jerusalem Post. March 14 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Israel's New Rules." The Daily Caller. March 17 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Trump Can Break the Israel-Palestinian Impasse." The Gatestone Institute. May 22 (2017) Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "CUNY's Curious Defense of Linda Sarsour." The New English Review. June 1 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Honoring Terrorism in New York City." The American Thinker. June 6 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Trump Knows Why People Become Jihadists." The Jerusalem Post. June 11 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Terrorism in Iran: As Ye Reap..." Jihad Watch. June 16 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Islamic State of Al-Qaeda." The New English Review. July (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Wanted: An Afghanistan Policy." The American Thinker. July 21 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Anti-Semitic Academics: Where is the Outrage Against Turkey?" The Gatestone Institute. August 4 (2017) Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "State Department\'s Palestinian Fantasies." The New English Review. September 12 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Trump Dumps UNESCO, aka the UN Erasure, Slander, and Cover-up Organization." The Washington Examiner. October 12 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Kathy Griffin Needs to Check Her Infidel Privilege." The Daily Caller. October 19 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Freelance Vehicular Jihad." The Daily Caller. November 3 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Important Symbolism, but Probably Futility, of the Taylor Force Act." The New English Review. November 16 (2017) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Laundering Iran's Nukes, Again." The Gatestone Institute. November 29 (2017) Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Department of Homeland Security Targeting Wrong 'Enemy'"." The Gatestone Institute July 26. (2016): 1-4. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Flaws in the Lone Wolf Analysis." The New English Review August. (2016): 1-12. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Peril In Paroling Jihadists"." The Hill August 3. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Freelance Jihad"." The Washington Examiner August 11. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Turkey Blames American Scholar For Coup"." The Daily Caller August 30. (2016): 1-4. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Rebranding the Iran Ransom Payment as 'Leverage'"." Independent Journal Review September 2. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Massoud Day, September 9"." The Gatestone Institute September 6. (2016): 1-5. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "The Terrorist Wing Scam"." The Middle East Quarterly. Fall (2016): 1-13. Web. *
Caschetta, A.J. "Hillary Clinton's 'Unethical Amnesia'"." American Thinker September 24. (2016): 1-4. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "It Is Time To Break Up The Quartet"." The Jerusalem Post October 5. (2016): 1-2. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Erdogan's Academics: Middle East Studies Scholars Shill For A Tyrant"." The Daily Caller October 28. (2016): 11-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The UN's Palestine Language"." The Gatestone Institute November 30. (2016): 1-3. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Israeli Fires and Irish Skirmishers"." The New English Review December 14. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The MLA vs. Israel"." The Daily Caller December 29. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "\"Jimmy Carter\'s Lifelong Pursuit of a Palestinian State\"." American Thinker December 30. (2016): 1-4. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Will 2016 Be the Year of Abbas Diplomacy?"." Jihad Watch January 6. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Politics of Radicalization"." Sun-Sentinel January 21. (2016): 1-1. Print. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Syrian Diplomatic Push Doomed to Fail"." The Hill January 22. (2016): 1-2. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The Shocking Truth About How Obama's 'Rigorous Vetting Process' For Syrian Refugees Actually Works"." Independent Journal Review February 3. (2016): 1-2. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Fighting the BDS Movement"." American Thinker February 25. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Trump's Saddam Nostalgia"." The Daily Caller February 29. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Facebook Came Up With a Ridiculous 'Strategy' to Fight ISIS But Obama Might Actually Start Using It"." Independent Journal Review March 3. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Cuba And Obama's 'Axis of Evil'"." The Gatestone Institute March 21. (2016): 1-3. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "The UN Is A Plastic Owl"." The New English Review. April (2016): 1-4. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Stop Asking 'Why Do They Hate Us?'"." The Daily Caller April 11. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Ben Rhodes' Fiction Behind the 'Iran Deal'"." The Gatestone Institute May 10. (2016): 1-4. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Humor Can Be Effective Political Weapon"." The Sun-Sentinel May 20. (2016): 1-3. Print. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Backdoor BDS"." The Jerusalem Post May 25. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Is Obama's Iran Deal a 'Dhimmi' Contract?"." PJ Media May 31. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "In Search of Iranian Moderates"." The Gatestone Institute June 8. (2016): 1-4. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Negotiating With the Taliban, Again." The Washington Examiner June 14. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Why Jihadists Kill 'Gays'"." Jihad Watch June 18. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Did James Comey Blink?"." The Daily Caller July 6. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "French Lessons"." The Daily Caller July 15. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "The 28 Pages that Damn Saudi Arabia"." The Gatestone Institute July 19. (2016): 1-4. Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Munich Shooting Exposes Media Double Standard"." Jihad Watch July 23. (2016): 1-3. Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "US Should "Unfriend" ISIS." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. February 25 (2015) Web.
Caschetta, A.J. "Are Muslims the New Jews?" Jihad Watch. May 8 (2015) Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "Does Islam Have a Role in Suicide Bombing?" Middle East Quarterly 22. 3 (2015) Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. "The Hollow Cry of "McCarthyism"." Inside Higher Ed. July 2 (2015) Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. "Laundering Iran's Nukes." The Gatestone Institute. September 9 (2015) Web. ˜
A.J.Caschetta, . "Caliphate Accompli." Jihad Watch. November 29 (2015) Web. ∆
Caschetta, A.J. "The Backlash Industry." The Daily Caller. December 17 (2015) Web. £
Caschetta, A.J. "Democrats Don't Know the Islamic State." The WashingtonExaminer Monday. December 28 (2015) Web. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. "The Taliban's Enablers." Middle East Quarterly Volume 20, Number 4. Fall (2013): 79-87. Print. ˜
Caschetta, A.J. "Writing the Bin Laden Story." Middle East Quarterly Volume 20, Number 3. Summer (2013): 77-85. Print. ˜
Published Article
Caschetta, A.J.“Defending Edward Said?” Middle East Quarterly, 17.1 (Winter 2010): 78-80. Print. *