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 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and author of two books, Il cerchio di gesso. Primo Levi narratore e testimone (Bologna, 2007); and Curzio Malaparte, la letteratura crudele. Kaputt, La pelle e la caduta della civiltà europea (Carocci, 2019). He is also 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, The Italianist, Modern Language Notes, Context, NeMLA-Italian Studies, Allegoria, Poetiche, and Scritture Migranti. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2019 Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, the Remarque Institute Visiting Fellowship, the Center for Italian Modern Art Affiliated Fellowship at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the A. W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. Baldasso is external editor of the journal Allegoria, and 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 finalizing a book project titled Against Redemption: Democracy, Literature and Memory in Post-Fascist in Italy.
Laurea in Lettere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Bologna; MA, PhD, New York University. At Bard since 2015.