English and
Cultural Studies

The teaching and research provided through our department focus upon the critical interpretation, social and historical context, and creative expression of literature and culture. The department cultivates the understanding and skills critical to participation and success in a complex, multicultural and global world.


Zaretti, Joan

Joan Zaretti

Lecturer, English and Cultural Studies
Faculty Suite F, Room 2424

Joan Zaretti received her Doctorate and Master of Arts in ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2006, she has taught courses in world music, anthropology and humanities at Bryant University, served as a faculty mentor in the IDEA program, and developed and lead a world music workshop series for K-12 teachers on campus. She has served on grant review panels for the RI State Council on the Arts, Southern New England Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, and U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement. Prior to her work in Rhode Island, she was manager of Secondary School and World Music Programs at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Zaretti's teaching interests include world music, creativity and the arts, ethnomusicology and folklore, anthropology, performance ensembles, and arts administration.

Zaretti's research interests include music education, collegiate world music performing ensembles, and arts administration.

  • New England Museum Association
  • Society for Ethnomusicology
  • 2017, Merit Award
  • 2017, Summer Stipend Award