Franco Baldasso

Assistant Professor of Italian; Director of Italian Studies


Office: Seymour 206 (Warden's Hall)
Phone: 845-758-7377


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

Franco Baldasso (Ph.D, New York University) is the Director of Italian Studies, Assistant Professor of Italian, and Director of the Study Abroad Program in Italy.  He published a book on the Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, Il cerchio di gesso. Primo Levi narratore e testimone (Bologna, 2007) and co-edited with Simona Wright an issue of Nemla-Italian Studies titled “Italy in WWII and the Transition to Democracy: Memory, Fiction, Histories.” His articles appeared in Modern Language Notes, Romance Notes, Context, Nemla-Italian Studies, Poetiche and Scritture Migranti. He is the recipient of many awards, such as 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 book manuscript tentatively titled: “Against Redemption: The Early Postwar Debate over the Transition from Fascism to Democracy in Italy.”