Francesco Masala

Assistant Professor Dr. Francesco Masala
Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy

Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.A., University of Kentucky
B.A., Università di Genova (Italy)

149 Davis Humanities Building
(615) 963-5541


Born and raised in Genoa, Italy, Dr. Francesco Masala joined Tennessee State University as an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the fall of 2021. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies with emphasis in Sociolinguistics from the University of Kentucky, he worked for different universities in Florida and Kentucky while continuing developing his research. His research interests include, but are not limited to, sociolinguistics, Critical Race Theory, Migration Studies, and Critical Discourse Analysis. Currently, Dr. Masala is working on his autobiography 'No White No More: A Memoir of a Former Italian' which he is planning on completing in the summer of 2022.

Selected Academic and/or Popular Press Publications

1. Masala, Francesco. No White No More. A Memoir of a Former Italian. Volume in Progress.
2. Planting the Seeds of the Future: Harvesting the Story of Immokalee Farmworkers. Directed by Jason Parmer, performance by Francesco Masala, Yaissy Solis, Gerardo Reyes Chávez. 2020.
3. Masala, Francesco (ed.). “YOU Think Therefore I Am: Constructing and (Re)presenting Identity In and Outside Ecuador.” Crossing Journal of Migration and Culture, vol. 11, no 1, 2020.
4. Masala, Francesco. La representación de los ecuatorianos en España: El discurso como expresión de poder, racismo e ideologías. 2020. PhD dissertation. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
5. Masala, Francesco. “El neorrealismo en el cine italiano y español.” Polifonía, vol. 9, no. 1, 2019, pp. 67-83.
6. Masala, Francesco. “¿Poder del discurso o discurso de poder? La representación de los migrantes ecuatorianos en La utopía de Madrid.” Nomenclatura. Aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos, vol. 7, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-20.
7. Masala, Francesco. “Ecuatorianos en España en el siglo XXI: Prometeo deportado y la representación del migrante a través del Análisis Crítico del Discurso.” Polifonía, vol. 7, no. 1, 2018, pp. 57-75.

Selected Conference Presentations

1. “Latin American Migrants in Spain in the Twenty First Century: Critical Discourse Analysis in Rabia (2009) By Sebastián Cordero,” International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, July 1-3, 2020. (virtual conference)
2. “El poder del discurso: Representación de la identidad ecuatoriana en Prometeo Deportado,” Southeast Modern Language Association Conference, Nov. 15-17, 2019.
3. “La Guerra è finita! E adesso, che? The Influence of Italian Neorealism in Spanish Cinema,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Apr. 11-13, 2019.
4. “El poder del discurso y el discurso de poder: españoles y ecuatorianos a comparación en Nunca pasa nada de José Ovejero,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Apr. 19-21, 2018.
5. “Making the City in Latin America and Spain: A Transnational Study between Ecuador and Spain,” Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Conference, University of Kentucky, Sep. 30, 2016.
6. “Viajo, luego existo: Las interminables peripecias de los ecuatorianos migrantes en la literatura latinoamericana,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Apr. 14-16, 2016.
7. “El inmigrante ecuatoriano en España: representaciones literarias en el siglo XXI,” South East Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures, Georgia Southern University, Apr. 7-8, 2016.
8. “Identity Crisis: Representation of Migrant Ecuadorians in La utopía de Madrid,” 22nd Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures and Films, Stetson University, Feb. 25-27, 2016.
9. “La imagen del inmigrante ecuatoriano en España a través del análisis crítico del discurso literario,” 35th Annual Romance Languages Conference, University of Cincinnati, Apr. 9-11, 2015.
10. “La inmigración ecuatoriana en España: un viaje a través de la película Prometeo deportado,” 34th Annual Romance Languages Conference, University of Cincinnati, Mar. 27-29, 2014.
11. “La inmigración y el desarrollo intercultural en el ámbito educativo en Estados Unidos e Italia”, 9th Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures, and Cultures “Convergences II: Literary, Linguistic, Cultural and Film Studies”, UC, Davis, Oct. 18, 2013.
12. “Los ecuatorianos en Italia: guetización, asimilación, ventajas y desventajas,” 5th Crossing Over Symposium, Cleveland State University, Oct. 11-13, 2013.

Classes Taught at TSU

SPAN 1010 Beginning Spanish 1
SPAN 1020 Beginning Spanish 2
SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish 1
SPAN 2020 Intermediate Spanish 2
SPAN 3050 Advanced Spanish

Selected Department and University Committees, Campus Groups

LLP Recruitment and Retention Committee
LLP Technology Committee