John Pagano

John Pagano joined the Manhattan School of Music Humanities department in 1993, where since 1999 he has served as chair. His major teaching interests include poetry, modern literature, Romantic literature and fantasy. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College in 1979, he attended Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, where he was the recipient of a Mitchell Fellowship, a President’s Fellowship, and a four-year Danforth Foundation Fellowship intended to promote the careers of potential teachers. John Pagano’s dissertation, directed by Karl Kroeber and entitled “Enchantment and Imagination in the Poetry of John Keats,” focused on love and poetry as quintessential imaginative experiences. As a junior in college, John Pagano had been on the verge of completing premedical studies when he decided to pursue the humanities as his course of study and switched his major to English literature. The opportunity to share with his students the delight and wisdom afforded by literature remains his primary inspiration as a teacher. He began teaching literature in Columbia's School of General Studies in 1983, joined the English Department at Barnard in 1988 (where he continues to teach), and became a member of the Manhattan School of Music Humanities faculty in 1993.

In 2012 he was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Faculty Service at Manhattan School of Music.