Bard Faculty

Karen Raizen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Italian Studies


B.A., classics, B.M., viola performance, Rice University; M.M., Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Professor Raizen’s research is rooted in the study of Italian literature, but her approach is highly interdisciplinary. The focus of her work is on operatic adaptations of Italian literature, particularly in the 17th and 18th centuries. Publications include Pier Paolo Pasolini, Framed and Unframed: A Thinker for the Twenty-First Century (coeditor, forthcoming); “Apostolo Zeno and the tre corone: Old Heroes for the New Stage,” in Italica (forthcoming); reviews in Senses of Cinema and Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies; and several translations. Articles in progress cover subjects such as Dante in Baroque and Enlightenment opera libretti and castrati and the pastoral stage. She is the recipient of numerous honors from both Yale and Rice, and 2001 winner of the Austin Young Artists’ Competition. At Yale, she taught all levels of Italian language and designed advanced courses on aspects of contemporary Italy and Italian identity. At Bard since 2017.


Phone: 845-758-7116
Location: Seymour
Office: 204