Stefan Pedatella


Stefan Pedatella joined the English Department of Barnard College after receiving his Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University. His research interests lie primarily in the literature of the Romantic era (particularly in Italian and Anglophone traditions) and in Cinema Studies. He is currently working on two book projects: one on Giacomo Leopardi and Animal Philosophy, and another on Mafia in the work of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and David Chase (creator of The Sopranos).

He was a finalist for the Emily Gregory Award for Excellence in Teaching at Barnard in the years 2016-17 and 2017-18. Other awards include Fulbright and Javits fellowships. Publications include the article "Images of Animal Predation in Giacomo Leopardi's Dialogo della Natura e di un Islandese" (Italian Culture, Vol. 27 No. 1, March, 2009, 24–41), and translations, from the Italian, of two books by Giorgio Agamben: What is an Apparatus? and Other Essays (Stanford University Press, 2009), and Nudities, (Stanford University Press, 2010).  Other recent publications include articles on Giuseppe Gioachino Belli and Carlo Porta for The Literary Encyclopedia (

Prof. Pedatella teaches the following courses:

Made in America: Mafia in Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and "The Sopranos"

Beckett & Coetzee

Critical Writing (formerly called Literary Criticism & Theory)

First-Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean



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Ph.D., (with distinction) Columbia University

M.A., Columbia University
B.A., University of Chicago