Andrew Giarelli, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Chair of Department of Art, Culture & Literature Humanities & Social Sciences

Andrew L. Giarelli, Ph.D, is a literature and folklore scholar as well as a journalist. He has taught at New York University, Utah State University, and Portland State University in the United States; he has twice been a senior Fulbright lecturer (Malta 1993, Slovakia 2011). He is senior lecturer in literature and journalism and chair of the Department of Arts, Culture and Society at AAU. He also teaches in the Comparative Literature department at the University of Vienna.

Giarelli is a widely published nonfiction writer and was faculty founder of Portland State University’s graduate nonfiction writing program and founder of the regional magazine Edging West in the latter 1990s. He served as contributing editor for World Press Review from 1980-2000. He has written on press issues, European culture and politics, and the American West for many print and online media. His nonfiction travel book American Romanista (2012) is available on Amazon Kindle and his forthcoming novel The Talking Statues will be published by Danzig & Unfried. He has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


American and European Literature, Folklore and Mythology, International Journalism

Publications & Other Activities

  • “Wanderlust” biweekly column, CitySpy Prague since August 2020.
  • “From Resigned Observers To Truth-Demanders.” The Slovak Spectator, Sept. 16, 2020.
  • “From Murder To Miscegenation: Mark Twain’s Nevada Newspaper Hoaxes.” American and British Studies Annual 12 (2019). Pardubice: University of Pardubice.
  • “Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost: A Teaching Approach.” Studies in Foreign Language Education 7 (2015): 21-39. Bratislava: Comenius University. Cologne: University of Cologne.
  • “Oral Legend and Media Narrative in the Birth of the U.S. Hippie Subculture.” Ethnologia Slovaca Et Slavica 35 (2012): 89-106. Bratislava: Comenius University.
  • “Shakespeare’s Tragic Vision: An Introduction for Slovak Advanced English Language Students.” Studies in Foreign Language Education 4 (2012): 133-153. Bratislava: Comenius University; Cologne: University of Cologne.
  • “Inalienable Rights: New Media and the Mideast Democracy Movements.” Linguistic, Literary, and Didactic Colloquium IX (2011), Bratislava: Pedagogicka Fakulta, Komenskeho Univerzita.
  • “Rome’s ‘Statue Parlanti’ and the Voice of the Piazza.” genre 24 (2004): 39-54.
  • “A Fresh Look At Old Vienna’s New Museum Attractions,” The Oregonian, Feb. 5, 2012.
  • Media and Democracy in the New Mediterranean,, blog, 2/2011- 5/2011.
  • Review, Pearl Abraham, American Taliban. The Oregonian, 5/08/2010.
  • Review, Cheyney C. Ryan, The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice and Personal Responsibility. The Oregonian, 7/16/2009.
  • “Urban Wild.” The American/In Italia. 3/20/2009.
  • “American Romanista.” Nov. 2008.
  • Review, Danny Goldberg, Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. The Oregonian, 10/03/2008.
  • “Past Less Travelled.” The American/In Italia (, 11/9/2008.
  • Review, Beautiful Angiola: the Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales, Jack Zipes (ed.). The Journal of American Folklore 121 (Summer 2008): 371-2.
  • “The Pakistani Who Peddled Nuclear Secrets While the World Slept.” Review of Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, The Nuclear Jihadist. The Oregonian, 3/2/08.
  • Review, La Fiaba di Tradizione Orale, Giuseppe Gatto. Marvels and Tales 21 (2007): 293-7.
  • “Vatican City Decoded,” National Geographic Traveler 24 (Nov-Dec 2007): 84-5.
  • “Trying To Untangle the Complex Web of the Kennedy Years.” Review of David Talbot, Brothers. The Oregonian, 5/27/07.
  • Review, Telling Stories the Kiowa Way, Gus Palmer, Jr., Western Folklore 64 (2006): 355-58.
  • “Guerrilas, Spies, Misunderstood Prophets.” Review of Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower. The Oregonian, 8/20/2006.
  • “A Near-Obsessive Need To Know.” Review of Gay Talese, A Writer’s Life. The Oregonian, 4/30/06.
  • “The Cheyennes,” In The Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, William Clement (ed.)Westport,Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • “Ernest Hemingway,” In The Literature of Travel and Exploration, New York: Routledge, 2004. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
  • “Roman Holidays,” The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, 12/21/2003.
  • “Foul Movement,”, 4/23/2001.