Assistant Professor of Italian; Director, Italian Studies; Director, Study Abroad Program in Italy
Primary Academic Program: Italian Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Literature
Biography:Franco Baldasso is the author of a book on Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, Il cerchio di gesso. Primo Levi narratore e testimone (Bologna, 2007) and coeditor, with Simona Wright, of 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 publicbooks.org and is 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 manuscript tentatively titled Against Redemption: The Early Postwar Debate over the Transition from Fascism to Democracy in Italy.
Laurea in Lettere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Bologna; MA, PhD, New York University. At Bard since 2015.