Bard Faculty

Franco Baldasso

Assistant Professor of Italian; Director, Italian Studies; Director, Study Abroad Program in Italy

Primary Academic Program: Italian Studies


Ph.D., New York University. Baldasso published a book on Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, Il cerchio di gesso. Primo Levi narratore e testimone (Bologna, 2007) and coedited with Simona Wright an issue of Nemla-Italian Studies titled “Italy in WWII and the Transition to Democracy: Memory, Fiction, Histories.” His articles have appeared in Modern Language Notes, Romance Notes, Context, Nemla-Italian Studies, Poetiche, and Scritture Migranti. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, NYU Humanities Initiative Honorary Fellowship, and the Remarque Institute Doctoral Fellowship. Baldasso collaborates with and is a member of the scientific committee of the Archivio della Memoria della Grande Guerra of the Centro Studi sulla Grande Guerra “P. Pieri” in Vittorio Veneto (TV). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Against Redemption: The Early Postwar Debate over the Transition from Fascism to Democracy in Italy. At Bard since 2015.


Phone: 845-758-7377
Location: Seymour
Office: 206