Franco Baldasso is Director of the Italian Program and Study Abroad Program in Italy at Bard College, where he is Assistant Professor of Italian. He earned his PhD in Italian Studies at New York University in 2014, following a BA at the Università degli Studi di Bologna. His main research interests are 20th-century literature, art and intellectual history, and especially their intersections during periods of political/cultural transition. His work also examines the complex relations between Fascism and Modernism, the legacy of political violence in Italy, and finally the idea of the Mediterranean in modern and contemporary aesthetics. He authored a book on 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 have appeared in Modern Language Notes, Romance Notes, Context, Nemla-Italian Studies, Poetiche, and Scritture Migranti. His awards include the A.W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, the NYU Humanities Initiative Honorary Fellowship, and the Remarque Institute Doctoral Fellowship. Franco contributes to publicbooks.org; he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian journal Allegoria, as well as the scientific committee of the Archivio della Memoria della Grande Guerra of the Centro Studi sulla Grande Guerra “P. Pieri” in Vittorio Veneto (TV).
For his CIMA Affiliated Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation he will revise his book manuscript tentatively titled: “Against Redemption: Literary Dissent during the Transition from Fascism to Democracy in Italy.”