Francesco L. Sinatora

Francesco L. Sinatora

Assistant Professor of Arabic
Rome 651
Address: 801 22nd St NW
[email protected]

Francesco L. Sinatora holds an M.A. in Afro-Asiatic Studies (University of Pavia) and a Ph.D. in Arabic (Georgetown University). He specializes in Arabic sociolinguistics and Arabic pedagogy. His current research analyzes political discourse and identity on Syrian social media through the tools of online ethnography and multimodality. He has taught Modern Standard Arabic and Syrian Arabic in Jordan, the UK and the US. In his teaching practice, he combines the use of new technologies and social media with task-based methodology.


Sinatora, Francesco L. 2019. Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media. New York: Routledge.

Sinatora, Francesco L. 2019. "Entextualization, Chronotopes and Syrian Political Activism on Facebook, Special Issue: Society in Digital Contexts: New Modes of Identity and Community Construction, Guest Editor: Najma Al Zidjaly. Multilingua, 38(4): 427-458.

Giolfo, Manuela E.B., Francesco L. Sinatora. "Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism: Arabic Representations and the Study of Arabic". In Tugrul Keskin (ed.) Middle East Studies after September 11: Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia, 81-99. Leiden: Brill.

Classes Taught

ARAB 1001: Beginning Arabic I and II

ARAB 3105: Arabic and Social Media