Ross Caputi

Research and Digital Productions



Present PhD, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (ABD)

2016 MA, Department of English Studies, Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA.

2013 MA, Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2011 BA, Department of Linguistics, Boston University, Boston, MA


Caputi, Ross & Richard Hil. “How US Propaganda Won Iraq’s ‘Battlespace’” Al Jazeera, March 20, 2023.

Caputi, Ross. “The forgotten decade that made the invasion of Iraq possible”: Ross Caputi on Joseph Stieb’s *The Regime Change Consensus: Iraq in American Politics, 1990-2002*”. Society for U.S. Intellectual History, January 15, 2022.

Caputi, Ross, Richard Hil, and Donna Mulhearn. The Sacking of Fallujah: A people’s History. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.

Caputi, Ross. "Remembering Fallujah on Memorial Day." Islah Reparations Project Blog, May 27, 2019.

Caputi, Ross. “Journalism as a Tool of War: The Age of Jihad by Patrick Cockburn.” The Massachusetts Review, December 15, 2016.

Caputi, Ross. The Battle for Your Hearts and Minds: The Occupation of Iraq, Information Warfare, and American War Culture. Master's thesis, Fitchburg State University, 2016.

Caputi, Ross. “Convalescence for the Wounded” [Review of the book Afterwar]. American Book Review 36 no. 5 (July/August 2015): 18-19.

Caputi, Ross. "The Battle for Your Hearts and Minds in Fallujah." Insurge Intelligence. August 24, 2015.

Fontan, Victoria and Ross Caputi. "Fallujah and Obama’s proxies in Iraq." Middle East Eye, July 17, 2015.

Caputi, Ross. "US Policy Aiding & Abetting Another Attack on Fallujah." Speakout, July 15, 2015.

Malley-Morrison, Kathleen, Ross Caputi, Ellen Gutowski, et al. "Engaging moral agency for human rights: Outlooks from the Global South." Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 21 no. 1 (January 2015): 68-88.

Malley-Morrison, Kathleen, Ellen Gutowski, Ross Caputi, et al. "What Are Rights? Definitions and Perspectives from the Global South." International Psychology Bulletin 19 no. 1 (Winter 2015): 8-14.

Caputi, Ross. "American Sniper?" TeleSur, January 10, 2015.

Caputi, Ross. "Unthinkable Thoughts in the Debate about ISIS in Iraq." Common Dreams, June 15, 2014. (Also available in Italian.)

Jessica Kali Rubaii and Ross Caput. "On Memorial Day, What We Choose to Remember and What We Forget." Stir Journal, May 25, 2014.

Caputi, Ross. "I Helped Destroy Falluja in 2004. I Won’t Be Complicit Again". The Guardian, January 10, 2014.

Caputi, Ross. "Howard Zinn: A Moral Example For GI Resistance." In Agitation with a Smile: The Legacies of Howard Zinn and the Future of Activism, edited by Stephen Bird, Adam Silva, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2013.

Malley-Morrison, Kathleen and Ross Caputi. "Moral Disengagement: America’s Missing Conscience." The War Crimes Times (Fall 2013): 4-5.

Caputi, Ross. "Iraqi protests defy the Maliki regime and inspire hope." The Guardian, January 17, 2013.

Caputi, Ross. "Seeing the Truth." In Why Peace, edited by Mark Guttman. East Lyme: Mark Guttman, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "The Victims of Fallujah’s Health Crisis are Stifled by Western Silence." The Guardian, October 25, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "The Vicious Cycle of Jihadism and Patriotism." Common Dreams, May 2, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "The Inconvenient Truth the Pentagon Would Prefer We Didn’t See." The Guardian, April 18, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "Tarek Mehanna: Punished for Speaking Truth to Power." The Guardian, April 16, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "The Systematic Atrocity of Afghanistan’s Occupation." The Guardian, March 13, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "The Marines urination video doesn’t show the real war crime." The Guardian, January 13, 2012.

Caputi, Ross. "I’m sorry for the role I played in Fallujah." The Guardian, December 22, 2012.


Caputi, Ross. "On Reparative Oral History: An Interview with Ross Caputi." Interviewed by Mohammad Ataei. past@present, March 3, 2020.

Caputi, Ross. "We Broke Fallujah In Irreversible Ways: Ross Caputi on The Sacking of Fallujah." Public Seminar, June 7, 2019.

Caputi, Ross. "Iraq. L'importanza di tornare a Fallujah secondo Ross Caputi (seconda parte)." Interviewed by Stefano Nanni. Osservatorio Iraq, July 25, 2013.

Caputi, Ross. "L’Iraq e la comunità internazionale. Intervista a Ross Caputi (prima parte)." Interviewed by Stefano Nanni. Osservatorio Iraq, July 24, 2013.

Caputi, Ross. "Toxic Iraq." Vice, April 19, 2013.

Caputi, Ross, Raed Jarrar, and Dai Williams. "Did the US cause Fallujah’s birth defects?" Interviewed by Shihab Rittansi. Inside Story Americas, Al Jazeera, August 3, 2012.

Caputi, Ross, Chris Hedges, and Manal Omar. "US post-Iraq legacy." Interviewed by Shihab Rittansi. Inside Story Americas, Al Jazeera, December 30, 2011.

Film and Web Design

Archive Iraq, website, 2022.

"A cazzòlë", video, 2022.

Memoria e Lingua Grumentina, website, 2022.

The Islah Reparations Project, website, 2020.

“A pizzë”, video, 2019.

Fear Not the Path of Truth: A Veteran’s Journey After Fallujah, independent film, 2013.

Professional Presentations

“Remembering the Battlespace: 20 Years After the Anglo-American Invasion”

A Faculty Lecture presented at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, March 27.

"Italian Dialectology: A Paragon for the study of Microvariation."

Presented at Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy, November 30, 2021.

"The Atemporal Violence of U.S. Information Operations"

Presented at conference hosted by Al Anbar University in Ramadi, Iraq: International Discussion on the Effects of the American Invasion of Iraq: The Province of Al Anbar as a Model, (via Zoom) March 18, 2021.

“Grassroots Reparations and the People’s History of Fallujah Oral History Project”

Paper presented on the panel “Remembrance, Resilience, and Reconciliation: The Challenges of Eliciting War Stories” at the Oral History Association’s conference, Montreal, Canada, October 13, 2018.

“Lawfare and Genocide in Iraq: ISIS, the Anbar Uprising, and Operation Inherent resolve”

Paper resented at the Fourth International Graduate Students’ Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, April 14, 2018.

“From Little Italy to Basilicata: Mapping Linguistic Heritage and Documenting an Endangered Language”

Presented at Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy, September 14, 2017.

“The Necropolitics of US Information Warfare: the sieges of Fallujah as a case study”

Paper presented at War Frenzy: Exploring the Violence of Propaganda, an interdisciplinary conference at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, May 12-14, 2017. Also presented on panel “Gendered and Imperial Intersections in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency” at the 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Barcelona, Spain, September 13-16, 2017.

“The Other’s Use of Human Shields”

Paper presented on a panel titled “Securing and Contesting Middle Eastern Frontiers: Iraq and Palestine” at Middle Eastern Studies Association conference, at Denver, Colorado, November, 2015.

Work History

2023 Visiting Instructor (Spring semester), Wheaton College, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, Norton, Massachusetts

2022-23 Instructor (Winter & Spring), Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2022-23 Oral History Interviewer, South End Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

2020-21 Special Education teacher, ELA 9-12, School for Exceptional Studies, Lawrence, Massachusetts

2017-20 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst>

2016-17 Teaching Assistant, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2014-16 Graduate Assistant, English Department/Editor of the English Studies Department’s graduate publication, The Falconer, Fitchburg State University.

2007 Retail associate at Leonardo’s Leather Works (Florence, Italy) Gave presentations to English speaking tour groups about Florentine leather craft.

2003-6 United States Marine Corps, Rifleman and Radio Transmissions Operator. Received a General Under Honorable Conditions discharge.

Volunteer Work

2022 Co-founder and Director of ArchivesArchive Iraq

2016 Main organizer of the symposium Envisioning the Postwar: A Dialogue with Scholars, Organizers, and Veterans at New York University.

2015-16 Education Curriculum Committee: Fitchburg State University, Served as Student Representative to the Education Departments Curriculum Committee.

2015-16 Graduate Council: Fitchburg State University, Served as Student Representative to the university wide committee.

2014 Assistant Lab Manager: Worked under Kathleen Malley-Morrison, Professor of Psychology at Boston University.

2013-Present Co-founder and Board member of the Islah Reparations Project 501(c)3.

2010 President of Boston University Anti-War Coalition.

2010-14 Founder and Director of the Justice For Fallujah Project.

Awards, Grants, & Fellowships

2021-22 Fulbright "Con il Sud" Award.

2019 Dr. Charles K. Hyde Public History Intern Fellowship for $4,000.

2019 Marvin Ogilvie Memorial Award for Foreign Language Study for $4,000.

2019 UMass History Department Hands-on Grant for $3,500.

2016 Partnership Award from the Howard Zinn Fund for Peace and Justice, affiliated with Veterans for Peace, for $5000 to build the Veteran Reparations Project and facilitate reparations work with the Fallujah General Hospital

2016-20 Research Enhancement And Leadership (REAL) Fellowship at University of Massachusetts Amherst for $4000 annually

2016 Graduate Student Leadership Award at Fitchburg State University

2015 Changemaker Award Won award at Traverse City Film Festival 2015 for Fear Not the Path of Truth

2011 Scarlet Key Society Inducted into student activities honor society at Boston University for student leadership

2007 Center for Italian Culture Scholarship at Fitchburg State College


English: Native speaker

Italian: Reading, writing, speaking